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Sand and Waves at Oyster Bay Reserve Beach in Mossel Bay (2017-03-18) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 09 AUG 2017

On the outskirts of Mossel Bay, tucked between the residential townships of Dana Bay, Kwa Nonquaba, Pinnacle Point and Heiderand, is the Oyster Bay Reserve, a 330 hectare botanical nature reserve.

Established with the intention to conserve, preserve and educate through a variety of community projects, the Oyster Bay Reserve is also home to a number of hiking trails, the most famous of those running through it being of course the St Blaize Hiking Trail, the 13.5  kilometer long trail that stretches from the St Blaize Lighthouse (Mossel Bay) all the way through to Dana Bay.

The Pinnacle Point Estate (my dad has a fractional ownership in one of the gorgeous houses there) has direct access to the tiny, tucked away Oyster Bay Beach (complete with a 24 hour guard station), a sliver of friendly sand in between the otherwise rugged (and often misty) coastline.

Accessible via golf cart (as is pretty much everything else in Pinnacle Point), this quiet, unspoiled little bit of sand is the perfect escape if you have little kids, and want to avoid the often more busy beaches that come along with a drive through to Mossel Bay.

Jessica and I joined my mom and dad for a long weekend away at their place in Pinnacle Point back in March this year, and of course, play time in the sand with Grandpa and Daddy was very much in demand from my little girl.

(And yes, as always, Jessica remains terrified of the actual sea – meaning that when it came to building a moat around our sandcastle, fetching buckets of water was very much left in dad’s and my domain!)

A tiny, hidden little gem then.

Related Link: Oyster Bay Reserve | Pinnacle Point | Mossel Bay

A Visit to Hartenbos via the Diaz Express from Santos Beach, Mossel Bay (2017-01-02) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 06 AUG 2017

At the start of this year, while away for a bit of a break in Gouritz, I took a drive out to Mossel Bay in order to treat the girls with a ride aboard the cute, tourist friendly Diaz Express.

In a nutshell, the Diaz Express is a fun rail experience that takes a resurrected Type 40 Mark II Wickham Inspection Trolley and then sends it along for a run on the existing Garden Route Transnet rail network, between the seaside resorts of Great Brak River and Mossel Bay.

During peak holiday season, the Diaz Express runs the shorter hop from Mossel Bay to Hartenbos, and this then was the one that the girls and I caught a ride on.

The day that we headed out was unfortunately a bit of an overcast, drizzly affair, though that said, the slightly gloomy weather was nowhere near strong enough to dampen the excitement of the girls when they first laid eyes on the cute little blue ‘train’ sitting next to its station deck outside the venerable Santos Express train lodge above Santos Beach.

The short ride was a blast (the girls LOVED it), and once deposited at the Hartenbos train station, the girls and I then strolled down to the main entertainment hub of this iconic Afrikaaner seaside holiday escape, where we mingled with the crowd, taking in the sights and sounds of a LOT of people who, despite the weather, were clearly enjoying their December break!

Unfortunately for us, the weather was just a little too gloomy to allow for some play time down on the beach, so instead we found ourselves wandering around a bit more, snacking on treats here and there, and of course, watching everyone else, seeming impervious to the weather, having a holiday ball.

(Seriously, there was parasailing of all things on the go!)

Finally, we stumbled across a funfair ride that the girls simply wouldn’t let me pass (I tried), and most importantly, one that I would let both of them ride. In other words, the highlight of the day’s outing then.

Watching the clock, we made our way back to the Hartenbos platform, just in time to catch our ride back aboard the Diaz Express. (This time around, the journey was slightly wetter but a little more noisy – thanks to our friendly conductor having a great time entertaining all the kids by pressing the hooter every time someone’s nose got touched!)

All in all, a fun outing that I’ll definitely be doing again with the girls (and probably grandparents) I imagine.

Bonus: While grabbing some links for this post, I came across this nice little video detailing the longer and much nicer Mossel Bay to Great Brak excursion, courtesy of local South African travel writer “Travelbug” Rose Bilbrough.

Looks fantastic!

Related Link: Diaz Express | Hartenbos | Mossel Bay

Putt Putt at FantaSea at The Point in Mossel Bay (2017-03-18) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 01 MAY 2017

In March Jessica and I joined my Mom and Dad for a long weekend away at their place in Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay. As it turned out, Mossel Bay was quite the hub of noise and chrome for this particular weekend, seeing as it was time for the annual Buffalo Rally to descend upon this popular seaside resort town.

In other words, the roads were more than a little bit busy – I don’t think that I’ve ever seen quite as many bikes and bikers assembled in one place!

The Saturday of our little breakaway saw us head down to Mossel Bay, first for a stop at the rather impressive Toucan material shop in the industrial part of town (Mom was to knit Jessica a jersey), before heading back towards The Point in the hopes of finding somewhere not completely overrun with bikers so that we could enjoy some lunch.

This was of course completely hopeless, and thus we found ourselves pulling off for a round of putt putt at  Fanta Sea @ The Point instead. (This was of particular excitement to Jessica seeing as this would officially be her first ever go at the game of putt putt!)

True, Fanta Sea looks more than a little tired in a slightly rundown kind of way, but that doesn’t seem to bother the kids one bit – no wonder what with putt putt, ice cream, splash pools, jungle gyms, takeaways, and even a skate park all on offer!

Despite not having  a kid sized putter for Jessica to tackle the course with, she had loads of fun trying, and to be fair, so did Mom, Dad and myself – I genuinely can’t remember the last time that I played a round of putt putt!

With our tight game of mini golf over and done with, we finished up by rewarding Jessica with some colourful ice cream as a treat.

Sadly, the ice cream wasn’t quite as good as the putt putt.

So in summary: It’s maybe a little tired looking, but in all honesty the kids don’t really care – putt putt is always fun!

Related Link: Fanta Sea @ The Point

Weekend Away in Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay (2016-03-11) Photo Gallery 06 APR 2016

In February we managed to take a weekend break in Jacobsbaai with Chantelle’s folks, and pleasingly, in March we managed to slip in another weekend away break with my folks, joining them for a stay in the Pinnacle Point house in Mossel Bay.

IMG_20160312_164106 chantelle, jessica and emily lotter at pinnacle point, mossel bay

My leg was already a fair bit stronger than what it was back in February, meaning that this time around I was a little more mobile and could thus enjoy my weekend that little bit more than what I did back at Jacobsbaai.

(That said though, I developed mumps right before we left, meaning that I did spend the weekend looking rather ridiculous with my comically swollen face!)

IMG_20160312_170154 ronald and craig lotter on the golf cart in pinnacle point, mossel bay

This particular weekend was characterized by an invasion of giant rain spiders, with the final count of spiders discovered in the house up to something like 12 or so by the end of our stay!

Dad became the de facto spider wrangler, successfully capturing and relocating all but one (Chantelle got this one before it could get her) of the spiders back to the outside world – though one frisky one that dropped down at him did almost give him a heart attack and probably shaved 5 years off of his life expectancy in the process!

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The girls had a blast spending some time with granny and grandpa, and of course the occasional easter egg didn’t hurt matters either. Saturday saw us make the most of some great weather and travel out to George to spend some quality family time at the Redberry strawberry farm (I’ll post the pictures later), while Sunday the weather cooled its heels a little, allowing for a more relaxed approach to entertaining ourselves.

Jess enjoyed her trips on the golf cart (which I didn’t even attempt to drive this time around), Chantelle enjoyed the peace of sleeping without snoring (she was downstairs across from the girls, whilst I slept upstairs with 85% of the weekend’s spiders in my room), and Emily loved all the extra attention she was getting all weekend long!

IMG_20160313_094206 granny cheryl lotter reading story to toddler emily lotter

We enjoyed a braai, watched the Stormers lose a narrow game of Super Rugby, and I discovered Canary Melons for the first time – thanks Fruit & Veg for that!

It was a short and sweet weekend away, with us leaving for home on Sunday afternoon already, but it was jam packed with loads of quality family time – so no complaints there! :)

(Oh, and on the way home, we finally stopped and popped in by the fabulous Tredici bakery/coffee shop in Swellendam – well worth the effort mind you!)

Pinnacle Point Weekend with the Montgomery Clan (2014-08-30) Photo Gallery 02 JAN 2015

In August last year Dad let us and the Montgomery Clan use the Pinnacle Point pad for the week (well for Chantelle, myself and the kids, a weekend and a little bit), which turned out to be a pretty good getaway in the end. We enjoyed great weather, Jess loved her time out on the golf cart, and of course we did a fair bit of walking and sightseeing.

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As for rest time? Well with Oupa and Ouma on hand, there was plenty of rest time to be had! ;)

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A Duo of Weekend Updates My Life 04 MAR 2013

Monday and thus the start of what is sure to be another week of hard code development, thanks to all the shit I have to deal with at work at the moment thanks to some ineptitudes displayed by my former colleagues. Never mind that though, I have in fact enjoyed two rather nice weekends in a row now, the first being our fun getaway with the Lotter Clan to Pinnacle Point in Mossel Bay two weekends ago, followed by the weekend just past which was little more than a weekend of pure rest and relaxation!

jessica jumping on a trampoline in george

As for our Pinnacle Point weekend, we joined up with Mom, Dad, Ryan, Claire and little Devon on the Saturday afternoon and stayed until Tuesday afternoon, meaning that it was a good and proper little getaway from home. Of course, this didn’t help Chantelle’s cause much because on her return she was pretty much chained to the kitchen for the new couple of nights playing catch-up, but for Jess and me it was an absolute blast. Plenty of swimming and road trips to George and Mossel Bay were had, lots of good food was consumed, Jessica finally got acquainted with a proper trampoline, and we even squeezed in a birthday lunch with my Mom in Mossel Bay harbour on the Tuesday afternoon before we left!

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As for this weekend it was really a weekend of lazing about and doing as little as possible. Probably the only thing we did achieve on Saturday was to go out and do paint shopping in preparation of our house being painted this week (turned out to be a rather quick decision in terms of what colour to go for), as well as some on the spur of the moment DIY as I finally got around to putting up key hangers everywhere! Sunday was a slightly more productive day in that we drove through to Bellville in order to tuck into a properly delicious pork roast lunch with the Montgomery Clan, not to mention drool at the simple but delicious dessert that followed up such a succulent main!

Unfortunately the T20 Proteas versus Pakistan game was a disaster for us South Africans, I was well and truly beaten by Rob at the dart board, and let’s not mention my poor run in this year’s Super Rugby Superbru tournament, but at least I did get something going my way in that I finally managed to find a new pair of shorts to fit me, not to mention this awesome building brick tipper truck present I got for Jess – which proved to be an absolute hit! :)

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So yup, had two enjoyable weekends in a row, meaning that I’m now refreshed and ready to tackle this pile of steaming turd which passes off as a project in desperate need of saving here at work. Sigh…

Photo Gallery: Mossel Bay Weekend Away (2013-02-23) Photo Gallery 23 FEB 2013

My folks invited Chantelle, Jess and myself to join them for a Lotter Clan weekend away at Pinnacle Point, and seeing as the three of us haven’t been away together in who knows how long, we jumped at the opportunity! We left Gordon’s Bay on the Saturday morning, only to return on Tuesday afternoon, meaning that the three of us enjoyed a well and truly proper little break of rest and relaxation.

As you can imagine with weather as good as what it was for the duration of our stay, naturally there was plenty of swimming to be had, not to mention trips out to Mossel Bay and George (soft serve ice cream for the win!), plenty of good food on offer, and we even managed to squeeze in a delicious birthday lunch at the Mossel Bay harbour in celebration of my mom’s birthday!

Oh, and Jessica got her first taste of a trampoline as well.

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Playing Golf in Mossel Bay on the Pinnacle Point Golf Course My Life 20 MAR 2012

Seeing as Dad has fractional ownership in a gorgeous house up on the Pinnacle Point Golf resort in Mossel Bay, I suppose I have had plenty of opportunities to tackle such a great course before – the only problem is, I simply haven’t bothered, because to be quite frank, this golf course is way above my skill level! (After all, I’m little more than a social golfer you know, playing no more than one or two times in a year!)

However, a couple of weekends ago, when Jessica and I joined Mom, Dad, Ryan and Claire for a Lotter Clan weekend away in Mossel Bay, Dad successfully twisted my arm and got me to join him and Ryan for a Saturday 18 hole round on the course – a course which, just as I had suspected, I was horribly unprepared for! :)

In an effort to save itself and pull in the numbers, Pinnacle Point has been forced to drop its exclusive act and in the process lower its playing fees from a somewhat ridiculous R700 in the early days, to just over half of that today. Of course, you are required to play the course with a golf cart, so if you don’t have your own you’ll need to factor that in as well, but nevertheless, it is a decent deal for such a stunning and breathtaking golf course.

An additional thing which they’ve had to open up is the once exclusive club house, meaning that as an ordinary member of public, you can now order food and sit inside the beautiful venue, taking in the breathtaking views as you are forced to take a twenty minute break after completing the 9th.

As I mentioned before, Dad caught me a little unprepared for this one, and on arrival it was noted that I only possessed a measly 5 or so golf balls in my bag, woefully too little as it quickly became apparent that it is quite easy (and normal for a player of my skill level) to lose balls at a rate of 1 to 2 per hole, thanks to the course’s proximity to some nasty fynbos and even more deadly cliff faces!

This meant digging into Dad’s bag for balls, though at the rate at both he and I were smacking balls away, we eventually ended up eating into Ryan’s reserve balls as well!

(Thankfully an early morning walk the next day would reclaim some of these!)

It really is a beautiful course that gets progressively harder thanks to the location, and happily I pulled off some pretty nice shots which I was quite pleased with. We were lucky that there wasn’t really a wind to contend with on the day (not that it stopped me from sending balls out into the sea mind you), and in the end we all enjoyed a fantastic (and lengthy) day out in the sun.

As it ended up, Ryan was the big winner on the day (and deservedly so based on some brilliant shots he managed to pull off), though I’m pretty sure Mom would have liked us to have come home a good couple of hours earlier that what we eventually did (the course was fairly busy) – she’s not used to looking after an energetic little Jessica! :)

Anyway, to check out some pictures I snapped whilst on the course (much to Ryan’s annoyance of course), view the gallery here.

Photo Gallery: Playing Golf at Pinnacle Point (2012-02-18) My Life | Photo Gallery 18 FEB 2012

Seeing as I really am more of a social golf player, only really stepping out onto a golf course maybe twice a year if I’m lucky, it is no surprise that up until now, I haven’t dared to tackle Mossel Bay’s Pinnacle Point, a tough golf course that is way above my skill level.

However, this did not seem to stop my dad, who insisted that Ryan and I join him for an afternoon out on what truly is a magnificent course. I ended up thoroughly enjoying my day, despite the fact that I probably lost at least a bucket worth of balls (most of which weren’t mine in the first place!)

Beautiful course, and I for one am pretty happy that Pops managed to twist my arm into playing it! :)

(For the record, Ryan won the day, having played some truly glorious shots in the process)

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