Almost a full year since our last newsletter and loads to catch up on!
All in all it has been a good few months for us, knowing how tough it has been for so many, but with the ability to get back into nature, safely connecting with like-minded individuals, being of service to others and finding a bit of serenity and peace when we can, working on our recoveries and helping others build upon theirs, Beans Bus has been navigating the new world we live in.
One in which the lessons of old become new again. Simple words like Gratitude, Motivation and Hope, suddenly have become increasingly relevant to so many, not just those in recovery, but to everyone as we reassess what we hold dear, what’s important and what we truly need to make us feel whole.
The last 10 months we have been reasonably busy, from camping at our regular spots such as Petervale and Rivierplaas to finding some incredible new venues and exciting new adventures. We have completed some challenging world-renowned bucket list hikes (Wolfberg Cracks) and an overnight stay in a cave at the top of a mountain (Silwerfontein) to escaping on a picture-perfect Garden Route trip, beach volleyball competitions and other day events such as the family friendly hiking Sundays.
To facilitating kids’ camps, a movie premier for an old age home and rubbing sunscreen on pigs’ ears at an animal sanctuary (thanks to the Christmas Drive 2020, which is still ongoing) …it’s been good, for us and for others.
Some other highlights that come to mind are: jumping off bridges, waterfalls, bergs and boats, nappy runs and paddles down the Breede, discovering Mcbains, 22 Waterfalls, Silwerfontein and Boesmanskloof.
Also taking time to focus on the core of what we at Beans Bus believe in, what we are in search of, why do we do these things, and ways to do them better. Working on understanding the theory of Wilderness Therapy and Outdoor Adventure Recovery more. Why does it work so well? Why is it that it feels so good? How can we share it with others? These are the fundamental questions we have been finding answers too.
Beans Bus is also now proud to be working with a new treatment center called Hillhouse Clinic and providing trips specifically designed for primary care patients. The first was a very successful outing to Mcbain’s up at Bainskloof, offering an incredible setting and venue to facilitate such a trip.
Beans has also been lucky enough to have a few new guides join the team and bring something to Beans Bus as a whole…
Jenna who has been helping with some of our camps and is incredibly passionate about hiking and nature, and also makes a great Quiz master at games nights, now facilitates the weekly Sunday hikes, not too tough, usually dog and family friendly, always enjoyable! Shanon who used to facilitate the bowling nights now runs the weekly games nights at Liberty Home and also is a great help on some of the overnight camps. Another new member of the team is Alex H, our resident counsellor in training, who has helped out on numerous camps, facilitating the campfire shares and the recovery power hour. Also, to Ali who has been helping give some of our posters a fresh new coat of paint. So, thanks so much guys and girls! Beans Bus is proud to call you part of the team.
Some more thanks are also in order to some amazing people and places who have helped Beans the last few months…
To Harmony, The Livinghouse and Kyle Collins, for sponsoring an all new camping rig and equipment after the Beans Bus garage was raided and all our gear was stolen last year. Without your support it would have been a very quiet last few months!
To Liberty, Baker House, The Livinghouse, Harmony, Cape Recovery, The Pieber Family, Paul Robins of PNP, Mika and Jaco, Kyle and Simona, Conchita Garcia, Rivierplaas Campsite, Jules, Dasher, Prancer and all the other unmentioned individuals for the incredible support for last years Christmas Drive. A huge thank you for helping make it such a success. One More camp still to go, so watch this space!
To Liberty Home and Morgane Vercruse, for allowing Shanon and Beans Bus to host the games evenings on a Thursday night and also for your amazing sponsorship in Dec that helped push us beyond what we had hoped for.
To Linda Coetzee and Associates for sponsoring our prizes for the quiz night, much appreciated.
To everyone above and those that I might have forgotten to mention, a massive thank you for your support over the last few months.
The storms not over yet, the clouds of COVID-19 are slowly clearing but they are still here, hopefully the next year we will start to see the light…but we are all in this together, and with a commitment to each other we will come out the other side stronger than we ever were going in.
Hopefully once all this is over, there will be a new found appreciation about getting out into the wilderness, expanding our horizons, connecting with others, appreciating the power of nature as a whole and better understanding our role as guardians of this incredible planet we call home.
Covid 19…You suck…end of story.
Well, we all wish it was that simple!
As we all have learned the last few months, nothing can be taken for granted. As the many things we thought we knew about society and the way it functions was turned upside down, we had to face and adjust to many new obstacles, knowing that what we were doing and the sacrifices we needed to make, was essential for the safety and benefit of our community at large.
As we went into lock down, we faced isolation and boredom, (2 of the toughest enemies of folks in recovery and addicts searching for a new and better way of life), suddenly standing right in front of us with a big welcome back sign!
Well, not so fast, did we allow it to overcome us? Not a freaking chance! For some it was tough, one of the most challenging times in all of their recovery journeys, but for the vast majority of us, it was a victory over adversity, a challenge we overcame and many a valuable and positive experiences were had. Plus, many of us have had previous experience when it comes to being under “lockdown”... 21 to 28 days, some up to a year or 2, and yes we called it rehab, and if we could get through that, we could overcome this!
Rediscovering old hobbies, discovering new ones. Turning our living rooms into home gyms to keep the endorphins flowing. Opening old cook books and learning to bake, honing our culinary skills to impress when we are finally allowed to host that dinner party again. Building forts for the kids. Reconnecting with long lost friends. Having free time for self-reflection and meditation. Learning some Yoga. Finally getting to read that book that’s been sitting on the bed-stand for so long! Video calls with family, connecting with loved ones. Working on a new project, picking up a new skill.
Not to say that it was all just hip-hip hooray…. but with the tools of recovery at our disposal, we had the resources to come out of this stronger than going in! Technology saved the day for many of us. The ability to connect over Zoom or WhatsApp was invaluable and really showed many the importance of connecting. That being said, many did not have that ability. Which brings me to a word we often bring up at the end of our camping trips…. Gratitude.
How grateful to have had a roof, a plate of food and a warm bed the last few months. Millions were not so lucky. Times are tough, then and now. Once again to see how we have all tried to help has been amazing. Seeing the recovery community getting involved with soup kitchens, raising money through various endeavors to help different charities, offering to deliver food and drive others free of charge, and much more, has been inspiring and heart warming to say the least. Well done to everyone who has and still is giving back.
Hopefully very soon, we will be able to get the Beans Bus back on the road and onto new adventures. As much as we desire that, we also need to keep everyone’s safety a top priority. Spring 2020 will soon be upon us, and with that many new opportunities to get out and give Mother Nature that big hug and kiss she so deserves!
Below some pics from a couple of trips we managed to squeeze in just before we went into hibernation....and 1 or 2 during :)
So the Spring of 2019 has come and gone, some great trips, many powerful journeys taken, valuable lessons learned and to 2020 we venture forth!
Our camping trips went very well and a big thanks to Suikerbossie, Rivierplaas, Petervale, Badensfontein and Beaverlac for hosting us. Each one of the above campsites really do offer us so much and each one is unique and special. Some great weekends away were held at each of the above.
Beans Bus also started doing something new this year, Dads weekends, what a blast. Ps Moms weekends coming soon! Disconnecting from all electronics, breathing the fresh air and having fun and overcoming some challenges! Disconnect to reconnect! Did couple of trips down the Breede and a big thanks to JB Van Heerden from Rivierplaas for helping us navigate our way down the river and for sharing his local knowledge.
We also managed to raise R24 000 for our Christmas Charity event. We were able to spread the cheer and visit 3 venues this year, Marsh Memorial, Noah House and Tears Animal rescue. A special shout out to Harmony and The Livinghouse for their amazing R10 000 donation, a new record! Also to Baker House and Liberty Home for there donations, and to all the private individuals who contributed, could not have made the day so special without everyone's help, thank you to all!
Also had couple of great hikes and some Team building events, and of course our Bowling league still rolling and we had our first official medal ceremony! Well done Shannon on taking Gold.
So the season did see some people fall back to there old ways, and it never gets easier to watch as a friend and loved one chooses addiction over recovery. Sometimes its difficult to show restraint and stop oneself from wanting to wring there necks and shake the old out of them!
Unfortunately though it doesn’t work that way, and each person has there own unique journey. Some roads have directions, and if followed will lead to success, yet some choose not to follow the basic directions that comes from others experience and hard won battles.
Its not impossible though, and that is where the beauty lies. Watching guys and girls overcome addiction is probably one of the most inspiring sights in the world, and Beans Bus is proud to be part of some amazing success stories so far. Warriors and fighters, living, laughing and loving recovery, keep it up!
Let the summer of smiles begin!
A Season of Olds and News, Bid Adieu and Baby Shoes!
Well the wet cold Cape Town winter almost over, and it couldn’t come quicker. Needless to say, Beans Bus is not the biggest fan of the cold and rain, but it sure didn’t stop us from keeping warm, having fun and getting out and about.
Unfortunately in the last few months we have had to say goodbye to a couple of Beans Bus VIPs that have moved on to new phases, stages and locations in their respective recovery journeys. As always, we follow them on social media and its good to see most are doing well! Not all…but most…Keep it up guys and girls!
A special shout out to our home-grown hero Storm who at this moment away for couple months sailing the seven seas and learning all the skills needed to take on the oceans…...Hmmmmm… Beans Boat sounds like a great future development!
The last few months also saw the Bean family adding a new member to the team, welcome to the world little Zachary Jaden Biggs. You are a blessing and you are the greatest gift in the world! What a gift of recovery you are. Mom and Dad love you and you are already our hero! Looking forward to the day we can take you on a trip.
So, we hosted a couple of first-time events for us and also a couple of old favourites. The Go Kart day was loads of fun and was not for faint of hearted, high adrenaline and strong competition as Zahid took the win and the trophy!
Next was a beautiful hike up to Elephants eye. Blessed with incredible weather made for a stunning day out. One could call it a Goldilocks hike…. Not too tough, not to easy…Just right. Well done Storm on your first trip as lead!
Another hike and adventure to highlight has to be the Kalk bay caving adventure. Trail Fit SA sponsored a trip for us and everybody absolutely loved it. The experience as a whole was awesome. Beans Bus highly recommends using the Trail Fit SA Guys if you ever feel like going local and exploring some of wonderful paths within an hour or two of Cape Town.
Beans Bus was also very proud to be featured on an SABC documentary about Spirituality in recovery. Was very well done and a big thank you to Sharon and Lee for including us in their project.
Also, our winter warmer favourite weekend away at Riverbend olive farm was an absolute winner. Thank you to Trevor and family for hosting us on more than one occasion. Always feels like coming home when we pull into those gates.
The Bowling league continues to rock out our Thursday nights, a couple of good scores and loads of laughs. Come and join, stadium on main, 8pm, every Thursday night!
As spring arrives in next few weeks so does our return to our camping adventures! Looking forward to exploring this amazing country of ours, wide eyed, with wonder we will roll, recovery in our soul, what a journey to behold!
As always, a big thank you to the Treatment centres and private individuals who help make our trips a success, especially Tharagay Addiction Clinics, Highlands House Recovery Centre, Liberty Sober Living, Imani, Kenilworth Baker House and The Livinghouse.
Summer sun a setting!
Well the summer of 18/19 sadly almost over, and what a time it was. Many a great times and trips were had.
We tried out a new campsite called Badensfontein close to Montague Springs. Hoping to enjoy the hot springs after a fun morning hike we arrived only to find out the Springs were temporarily booked out by the Harley Davidson club, after attempting to pass off the Beans Bus as a modified Harley we accepted defeat and went back to the campsite where we took in the afternoon in an amazing orchard side splash pool, which considering the heat was probably the better option.
The next week we were honoured to be asked to be filmed for a documentary about fun and spirituality in recovery that is being produced for SABC2. We headed to a favourite spot along the Breede river called Rivierplaas Campsite where we took to the river in some canoes and capsized much to laughter of all present. A little hiking, Foofie Surfing and s forest meditation later we sure they saw what we are about! Many thanks to JB Van Eeden for all his support and help.
The following trip was a weekend away to Petervale Guest Farm where returned for another blissful weekend away stargazing, fishing, hiking, fireside shares and so much more. Milking the cow and the animal feeding always a great way to spend a Saturday morning! The Gods Bath hike also always a pleasure and this time no different.
Our last trip of the Summer was to Beaverlac. Still undeniably one of South Africa’s top campsites, and a Beans Bus favourite. With some great pools, rock jumping, fireside shares and perfect weather, we were not let-down.
The Bowling League doing well with Thursday nights still a hotly contested game with one or two potential contenders for a new high score showing their skills off, yet still the score to beat is 169.
As the Autumn kicks in and things start cooling down, we begin our trips to more warmer environments. So, looking forward to some amazing hikes, hot springs, barns and hot potjie braais to keep the chills away!
So a couple of thanks to Rivierplaas Campsite, Petervale Guest Farm, Tharagay Place, Tharagay House, Highlands House, The Livinghouse, Kenilworth Baker House, Liberty Home and all those individuals who help make our trips possible.
First month of the year and what a blast!
We had a great start to the year by exploring a new venue just past Ceres, and what an amazing find it’s proved to be. With a hike to a spot called Gods bath and animal life literally all around we have been blessed to find it. The first trip there we stayed for 4 days and enjoyed some windsurfing, hiking, stargazing, animal feeding and Baboon spotting, as well as some well deserved winding down and rest and relaxation time.
Bringing in the New Years in a forest with fires, friends and farm animals, and a touch of log wrestling (Sorry D), was the best way imaginable to begin 2019!
The second trip we were lucky enough to feel like we were watching a nature documentary, just add Sir David Attenborough…
”A fox walks past in the morning on its way back home after a long night on the hunt. At sunrise a dragonfly (AKA Drago) moults and leaves the water and dries its wings and learns to fly for the first time, while a bird tries to catch him but thanks to the Homo-sapiens on hand he survived.
The Baboons catching a lunchtime nap on the rock, their grunts and barks echo throughout the valley, while the 2 canine guides lead the trail to Gods Pond. A frog gets attacked and caught by a snake (Thanks Storm!).
A Booted Eagle (?) swoops and hunts in and around the camp, the day ended off with the familiar fox going back out after sunset to continue its hunt. What a day in Africa!”
Also we were very lucky to go on a sound journey full of drums, sound bowls and chants courtesy of Mika, what a unique and wonderful experience that was for all. (Can only imagine what the other campers must have thought we were putting in our coffee!)
Ending the trip off we headed to the Ceres Zipline and did our best impression of professionals! (Picture below)
The 3rd trip of the month was a different kind of documentary with some brave guys getting wet off of the coast of Gansbaai to spend some time with the sharks. They were lucky enough to also see a Manta up close and personal. Camping on the coast is always a majestic sensation especially the East coast as the sunsets are breathless. On the back we did some exploring of the local beaches and also a decent bridge jump.
Beans Bus also was proud to organise a little coastal cycle from Sea Point to Camps Bay, was a great turnout thanks to The Living House and also Highlands House. Weather was great and all survived and ready for the Argus! Well done Joanne for getting back on that bike, an analogy hidden in there somewhere!
Also some other news, Beans Bus has a new guide! Welcome to the team Storm, you got what it takes and we proud to have you on board, looking forward to many adventures to come.
The Bowling League has a new all-time high score of 192, well done to Bigz!
We also have a great Feb and March coming up, so looking forward to it!
So all in all the year couldn’t have started off better. Thanks to all the support from The Tharagay Group, The Living House, Highlands, Liberty and all those incredible individuals who prefer to enjoy life clean and sober and take in all its glory.
Live, Love and Support
A Summer and Season of Celebration and Recovery!
Greetings to all! What a month we have had, and a time to reflect and look back at some of the highlights.
We did our 2nd Obstacle Course, AKA The Recovery Race at Rustenburg Treatment center and it was a wonderful success. Cape Town’s top treatment facilities all did their best to take home the first prize of a weekend away with the Beans Bus, but unfortunately, there could be only one, and top honour went to the team from Tharagay Place, their prize was a trip to Rivierplaas Campsite on the banks of the Breede River for some RnR! 2nd Place went to the Rustenburg team who won a ten pin Bowling day, and 3rd went to Liberty, who won the spirit award.
We then took a few brave adventurers on a 4 day trip up the Garden Route. Weather was in our favour and we got to enjoy the beaches and activities and overcome many a challenge and fear. A highlight on this trip for me was actually spotting some Elephant poop in the Knysna forest, weird I know, but proof that the Knysna Elephant is alive , how close it must have been to us! Also some wonderful fishing in Natures Valley set a new Beans Bus record of 5 fish in under half hour. Of course for some the highlight was the bungee, well done Zahid and Harry! Big up to everyone for making it a special trip.
Then the Beans Bus was off to Beaverlac for a weekend away with a great group of folks. On Saturday we hiked to the Totem Poles and really took it all in. Also did a bit of free climbing that was a great little challenge. Recovery was strong with some amazing campfire shares and fireside chats.
We did a few day activities, including a Yoga Surf day with our special import Sinclair Smith, as well as a Lions head hike and a Camps Bay beach day. The Beans Bus Bowling League is also still rolling and growing with some new high scores and some very competitive action! Come and join every Thursday night.
As always the trips were a great success and thank you to everyone who participated in making them so special. A big Beans Bus thank you to Rustenburg, The Tharagay Group, Highlands, Liberty, The living House and all the individuals and amzing people who have made each event and activity this year so special.
As we head into the New Year would just like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and also that this coming year is one in which we all grow in our recovery, develop our relationships with ourselves and our families and friends, and celebrate life and love. Recovery is a precious gift, enjoy it.
Season’s Greetings from the Beans Bus!
What a fantastic and Fabulous weekend of Friends, Frogs, Fishing and Fun!
The Beans were planted on a new and awe inspiring venue in one of the most incredible locations we have had the pleasure of making a home. From Friday morning right through till Sunday afternoon, bliss was on the menu.
La Ferme Trout Farm hosted us and allowed us to utilize there space and enjoy the tranquillity being set between 2 mountains, a river and 4 dams. The camp was setup on a newly found campsite in between a mini forest and a little pond close by. We were blessed in bounty with amazing bird watching, early morning frog spotting and 5 of the most wonderful canine crew to keep us company.
We were very lucky to be very close to the NA convention happening just 2km down the road and what a great opportunity to experience such an event. Well done NA for pulling off a great event.
Beans Bus family and friends: You guys and girls made it such a special weekend, well done all and a big thank you to everyone for helping and making this one to remember!
Alpha: Well done on dealing with a sneaky sleeping bag and tent that had more issues than most recovering addicts!
Tash: Brave young lady you are! Hope you enjoyed your stay and experiences make us stronger. Hope the legs are healed up soon.
Mara: Your feminine touch to the camp design and the Beans Bus bog were highly appreciated by many!
Sietze: Congrats on taking the prize for big fisherman of this trip with a catch of 2 mighty trout!
Joost: Been a fine curtain call trip bud. Beans Bus definitely gonna miss you when you depart us this week.
Etienne: Your Potjie was a winner bud! Really glad to have met you and that you were able to join.
Miles: The pirate, that deck chair next to the pool at convention missing you already! Recovery 101
Storm: Your energy is infectious and you gonna make an incredible river guide and detective one day.
Mika: Thanks for the reading and glad we were able to host you for the Saturday night! PS Keep singing, you have an incredible voice.
Devon and Michaela: Short and sweet, hope you guys join us on more adventures!
Amberley: Thanks for the popcorn! You also full of energy and hope to see you on many more trips.
David L: Was fun having you on board the Beans Bus trip bud. Glad you decided to stay till Sunday, even if it meant an AA intervention, and not that kind of AA.
Matthew: Thanks for all the help and good laughs. Definitely see you on the bus a lot more!
Denver: D, always a pleasure homie.
Canine Crew: Woof, woof, woof woof………..woof
Thanks to everyone who helped make this one fine trip, and to La Ferme Trout farm for allowing us to experience a little piece of heaven.
1st Trip of the season and what a blast!
7 of us headed out to Breede river for a weekend camping. What a great time of year to head out, the weather was great and the flowers were in full bloom. What a sight they were with amazing colors and smells.
Saturday we visited the Karoo Desert Garden park and went on a great hike up and down the mountain making a path of our own on the back.
Tried some fishing but no luck this time, although we did see plenty of fish and 1 in particular seemed to tease us from a couple meters away.
Some foofie sliding, kayaking and swimming was in order as the sun was welcomed on Saturday and Sunday.
Recovery was strong with some great fireside shares, serenity and forest meditation to round off a great trip.
Thanks to The Highlands House Group and Tharagay Treatment for allowing some of there guys to join.
Will: Great curry bud, hope to see you following your dreams of nature conservation, you will make a amazing ranger.
Jason: Loved the singing on Sunday and well done on overcoming your own challenges.
Sietze: Great team player and well done on taking on the foofie!
Graeme: Thanks for all the advice and wisdom you bring to the trips, most appreciated. Ps Shoes in kayaks...bad idea!
Kyle (Guide) + Josh (Junior Guide): Well done guys, thanks for all the help and for being a part of our team.
Also a big thanks to Rivierplaas campsite for making it possible, till next time!
Sand, serenity, shares and Slangkop Lighthouse, and no storms to stop us!
A Saturday power trip was enjoyed by a fantastic group this last weekend. A wonderful walk along one of the best beaches in Cape Town and a stay over at the amazing Slangkop tented camps, with whale bones in lights and a lighthouse for whales, we took it all in.
After lunch Jo Rowlands introduced us to The Transformation Way. Followed by the next day with a little power hike to the top of Slangkop mountain. All in under 24hrs!
Beans Bus was also proud to host a group of amazing people, and collectively with over 50 year’s recovery, a new record has been set!
Ian: Thank you for an incredible super share on Saturday, so great to see the change in you and proud to have you as a fellow in recovery!
Louisa: Been a while in the making but finally we got to have you on a trip, and what a pleasure. Hope to see you on many more!
Tobi: Great job on the mountain hike, heard you are a bit of an avid climber! Thanks for your enthusiasm and some great pics.
Hugo: You did amazing on the walk my friend, you overcame huge challenges and really glad to see you do so well. Also the Beans Bus Band in your hands! Keep playing and sing loud and proud.
Denver: Thanks for joining, was great having you on the trip, little run down on Saturday but 100% on Sunday, we like to think Beans Bus did that!
Sam: Really loved having you on another trip, and glad you were able to take it on as you did and use it to add to your recovery. Ps Thank your Dad for the Chicken Stew tips!
Jo: Thanks so much for Saturday, enjoyed learning a bit about the Transformation Way. Hope to hear and see lots more in the future!
Alex: Well done and once again many thanks for all the help, and a big congratulations on your special milestone, proud to call you a valued member of the team!
We did it! Mission complete. Our task was to set 3 goals and overcome, and overcome we did.
Setting out on Friday we expected a chilly weekend, but thanks to ample firewood and a wonderful location we managed to survive what the Cederburg could throw at us.
Warm Potjiekos and pap also helped!
The 3 tasks were set on Friday night, expedition style, using SMART goals we chose Waterfall Hike, Lots Wife and The Stadsdaal and Cavemans Paintings.
Thanks to the Highlands House group for coming along and being such an amazing group to work with. Also thanks to Pierre for making the long journey from Struisbaai.
The weekend was full of great shares, meetings and even a yoga session on the mountain.
Well done all for such a great attitude and loads of fun.
The ties that bind, with family in mind, headed to Montagu, to chill and unwind.
Family, Friends and fun. So many ways to try to describe this last weekend. From the moment we arrived it was clear that it was going be a special one.
De Bos guest farm was indeed a great choice to host our first ever TTB (Ties That Bind) trip. Bringing together a group of us from around the world to enjoy what only a life in recovery has delivered, harmony, serenity and respect.
Sleeping all together in a big barn was lots of fun, and we were very lucky to have a couple of welcome visitors around for the weekend. From Ginger bums to Old Mac Jack (The little Jack Russel that looked like he pushing 100yrs at least) to some crazy eyed, ball chasing, paw pushing Border Collie, an animal farm it was.
The mountains of Montagu surrounded us in there splendour, sightseeing galore and sunrise well worth getting up for, thanks to the double alarms of the Rooster and Donkeys!
Hiking through to make our way to the springs was well worth it, felt like we arrived at an Oasis when we got there, and everyone in one way or another seemed to find something special in those waters.
We were very lucky to have the full spectrum of what could be considered family on this trip.
Tanya and Meezy: Tanya your power share was incredible, touched us all and was great to have Meezy on this trip. Truly incredible to share in your journey and have you help me in mine. Also well done Meezy on making the double hike, you did very well. Meezy Bos Bread on the menu!
Uncle Jason, Nathanial and Ethan: Jason, thank you for bringing such a great couple of guys with. They kept you on your toes and provided for many a highlight on the trip.
Thomas and Yolanda: Thomas, your share on Friday touched us all. The relationship between your mom and you is an inspiration to all of us who witnessed it.
Jo and Boys: Glad you managed to make it on Saturday, well done on 5 o’clock departure! Your boys looked like they had plenty of fun, they did very well on the hike and even took the lead on the way back!
Martijn: Hope this trip gave you a taste of what you have come so far to find. Enjoyed the chats with you and so did others. Moving moments of Montagu for you and us too.
Aunty Liz: When you arrived you were full of sniffles and gripes, when you left was chuckles and early morning hikes!
Sam: Pushing through some early morning challenges you made it! What a pleasure to have you on this very special trip. Hope to have you on many more.
Rick and Alex: Well done guys, you make the moments a pleasure.
From all of us at Beans a big thank you to De Bos and Montague for giving us such a good time. Till the next one!
Breede river, blissful beauty, restful souls and boerewors rolls!
An incredible weekend it was, full of great times, awesome smiles, compassion, wonderful shares and more. Friday night set up was smooth sailing, tents up and fires on the go as we enjoyed our first night in an amazing campsite.
Slight chills in the air didn’t stop the intrepid fisherman as we rigged up and set our lines. Unfortunately the first night the moon wasn’t in our favour, and seems like they were waiting for breakfast, when…a new Beans Bus record was set for biggest fish, proud to say it was me, a nice sized Carp, guessing that Alex was too busy teaching DJ how to catch trees. (Picture to follow!)
The Saturday will go down in Beans Bus history as one of our proudest days. A river adventure, and an adventure it was. From mid paddle swims to a busy bridge pullover and some narrow channels navigated it was a great way to spend the day. The day was ended with a lunch on a houseboat and a little laze about in the sun.
Sunday was the day of the very first inaugural Beans Bus Foofie Surf comp. Our judges took their jobs very seriously from the side-lines, as the competition was fierce, but the big winner was Lara who on her 2nd try had a flawless run to victory, Thomas was a close runner-up with great style and Jason the award for participation, AKA not breaking your back when falling award!
Lara: Once again awesome seeing you on another trip, congrats on your milestone, and see you soon to keep the foofie surf champion title!
DJ: Mr Fire-mon! If you not fishing for trees you burning them! Thanks for the good times bro, and being an awesome camera man for us.
Aunty Liz: You are incredible, really, cannot believe how well you do on these trips, you are a source of inspiration to us all. PS, your little duck dive off the boat will always bring a huge smile to me!
Jo Jo: You rock! Love having you on our trips and hoping this one was the “breath of fresh” air you really needed!
Jason: For a first timer he did amazing! Was really great getting to know you, and super impressed by your new trick off the foofie, should copyright that one! Jokes aside, well done.
Thomas AKA Mr Future Aunty Liz AKA The Riddle Guy: Well done in participating in everything and being such a part of it. Your help, humour and enthusiasm was highly appreciated.
Rick and Alex AKA Beans Bus Boys: Amazing job. Rick the food was world class, Alex well done on becoming a river dog…well, more of a river puppy, but we will get you there.
Lastly a huge thanks to JB and Danelle from Rivierplaas just outside Worcester, who really were a massive force in allowing us to enjoy there amazing little piece of paradise. Till next time!
How sweet can a peach be when it is made in heaven!
Well, we found out exactly that at Suikerbossie, AKA Sugarbush.
An amazing campsite not too far away surrounded by incredible mountains and on the banks of what could be the Olifants (Elephants) river.
Our campsite was awe inspiring, from star gazing and fishing, small walks and friendly neighbours we couldn’t have asked for more.
Old tractors, peach trees and a collection of lovely animals, including Snooky the goat.
We explored the farm, and the neighbour’s farm too, looking for the Bushmen paintings, alas no painting but some great views nevertheless. On our last day we ventured to a waterfall of incredible scenic beauty and some decent jumps that tested all of us in one way or another.
The recovery was strong on this trip, the meetings were great and the readings spot on. Well done everyone.
Joanne: Courage you have, balance bit off, but toughness and resilience you once again proved yourself an awesome addition to our trips. Keep it up.
Sagee: Your ability to be a team player and give a hand and happiness in doing so was great. A weekend of many firsts.
Sophia: You overcame something huge on Sunday, most would have turned back at that point, but you did it. Well done. Also your enthusiasm for the trip from beginning to end was great.
Aimee: Thanks for being the official photographer of the trip! You got a camera for every instance, only problem with that, is that you are behind it more than in front of it. Also your jump was an epic surprise and you shocked us all!
Rayelle: Breaking barriers and reminding us about feng-shui, was great having you around. Thanks for playing DJ on the way up. Your motivation to get walking was great, and you look great in a cowboy hat, Shania Twain beware!
Alex: Great vibe bro, thanks for all the help. Backflips and more! The fish of that river will never be the same! Looking forward to us doing more together.
Rick: As always, the food was great, and thanks for your skills in getting us out of the sand on Sunday!
Thanks to everyone for making this one sweet trip!
Magic was in the air, and we all took a deep breath.
Thank you everone who joined The Beans Bus for an incredible trip to Beaverlac. The weather was perfect, the crew was in good spirits and the trip was a success.
Tamika…AKA Cleopatra: Thank you for your lilo and your love of coffee, glad we on the same page. Your attitude and passion for the program and desire to live a clean and healthy life are inspirational.
Piet: Sorry the bug got you down on Saturday, although you somehow made it 6km that evening on 1 pear and a couple of Jellybeans. Impressive.
Frickie: Kaalgat klipspring! Love having you on these trips. You have set yourself great goals and are on your way to great things. Your story is one Im loving to watch. Keep it up!
Sinclair…AKA Frenchie: Thank you so much for the yoga. You make me so proud. You have come so far its almost unimaginable to think back 7 yrs to when we met. Your spiritual journey is beautiful.
Rick: Your Chef skills really starting to make the meals on par with the best. Your humour and teamwork essential to what Beans Bus all about. Proud to call you a partner.
To Simon Turner: I took a little moment, like I knew you would want. Will love you forever bro. RiP