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Mossel Bay, South Africa: The Origin and Survival of Humans

Photo by Marilynn Windust

The caves at Cape St. Blaize saved humanity from extinction. Twice. Of course, Mare and I must hike the St. Blaize Trail eight miles along the rugged coast in the brutal African sun to visit.

Photo by Marilynn Windust

The Point area of Mossel Bay

Most recently…75,000 years ago, the Toba Super Eruption in Sumatra, Indonesia created a volcanic winter ice age that lasted about 10 years. It took 1,000 years for the earth’s weather to thaw out to normal levels. The population of humans was reduced to 10,000, with only 1,000 approximate breeding pairs. On the edge of extinction, the caves at Mossel Bay saved our race as we currently know it. They eventually walked through Asia to the Americas. (The Bering Strait was void of water as oceans were shallower)

Photo by Marilynn Windust

Hiking the St. Blaize Trail

The mild climate in the caves at this southern tip of South Africa never drops below freezing, and does not get unbearably hot. The abundant shellfish here provide proteins and Omega 3 fatty acids, which are responsible for our brain development. Perhaps I should be eating more shellfish?

Photo by Ron Mitchell

This is farther away than we thought…

Seriously, this stuff is supported, accepted, and based on ongoing research. We met Advocate De Waal Lubbe at the “1 Point Village Guest House.” He gave us copies of his articles which site numerous scientists. He also told us how to get to the caves. “I get goose bumps when talking about this,” he says.

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Our destination is finally in sight!

We cannot go inside of the caves because of current excavation/research at this archaeological site. Above the caves a world class golf resort was built, but went bankrupt with the economic problems in South Africa.

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St. Blaize Caves with research buckets placed nearby

Well, good thing the resort has re-opened, as Mare and I underestimate this rugged eight-mile hike in the sweltering sun. We are saved, not by the caves, but by the resort, which provides cold brews and a taxi ride back to the guest house.

Photo by Marilynn Windust

Finally out of the cave

Scientists agree that super volcanic eruptions are the biggest threat to our existence. Especially the one predicted in Yellowstone, America. Mare and I just may have to stay in South Africa longer. The caves will save us. Luckily for the human race, we won’t be breeding!                by Ron Mitchell

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Skip #

    WOW!! that’s about all I can say…. WOW… You two just amaze me!! LOVE to read the adventures… STAY SAFE… SEMPER FI


    January 24, 2015
  2. Haha. But seriously, fun and interesting post and photos. Hoping the Jellystone Super volcano holds off a few centuries. We’re a bit too close up here. Safe travels!

    January 24, 2015
  3. Glenn #

    Yeah lucky for the human race you WON’T be breeding hahahahahaha . Just kidding. Very interesting stuff there. The views are stunning. Continued safe travels to you both.

    January 24, 2015
  4. Mariam Cheshire #

    gives me goose bumps too. Great photos!

    January 24, 2015
  5. ma, pa and jack #

    Holey Moley!! Stay safe!!!! Have fun! Take care of each other..

    January 24, 2015

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