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Where and what is Pullen farm? Situated in the hills south east of Nelspruit and it belongs to Wits University. Not really a hiking place, but we made a hike out of it anyway. The reason why we went there was at the invitation from an other group (forgotten what they call themselves) who are in a very similar situation as us, that is shrinking numbers.
It all went very well and it was decided to return the courtesy and to invite them to our outings in future.
The hike route was put together by Oliver (one of the other guys) and it took us around the farm mostly on roads, just as well because the bush here is not very penetrable. At one place we had to cut through the bush and cross a river. Total distance was about 8 km. Overall not a bad hike, what made it more interesting was Oliver's extensive knowledge of trees which he had no problems sharing with us.
Evening entertainment was to watch a film, some Australian production, animated, it must have been very philosophical because it went way over my head. The other entertainment was having a braai and me smashing up everything with the food mill due to lack of non-functioning new teeth.
When we arrived there I was already eying one of those bald granite koppies not far from camp. That became our target for the morning hike. It is actually marked as a trail, the yellow trail. The granite here is known as the Mpageni Granite and pushed out about 2740 millions years ago (how much more accurate do you want it?). Following the trail down and around the mountain was a bit problematic, it was lost on a few occasions.
Evening entertainment was a documentary about what would happen to the earth and our cities if suddenly people would disappear. How long would the power stations and the grid stay on, and what would happen to the atomic power stations, and how long would our buildings survive? All, of course, very speculative, but interesting. And that was the end of another outing.
Reference: Nick Norman & Gavin Whitfield, "Geological Journeys", Struik Publishers, 2006
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