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
Beans Bus team headed to the great little town of Kleinmond for some exploring. On route our first stop was Cool Bay and some swimming with a little bit of caveing. Heading off to Kleinmond caravan park we found a great campsite with lots of space. The next day was action packed from a Palmiet river paddle and some cliff jumping off the bridge. A lunch at the harbour and seafood potjie on the coals for supper made sure we weren’t left hungry. The next day we woke to realise that unfortunately we had a thief in the night, but a lot could be said about the way the team dealt with the situation and the way it was handled. Well done guys and girl. Big thanks to everyone who made the weekend a wonderful one filled with some great times.
Joe: Your determination to keep up with the boys was great, and even after taking a little tumble on day 1 you didn’t let it get you down!
Frikkie: Not sure how you do it, but your fan club seems to follow you wherever we go! Also well done on setting your sights on a most formidable foe…THE BRIDGE…we will do it soon.
Darrel: Your Seafood Potjie deserves a mention, really delicious. Also enjoyed the bat and ball in the evenings, looking forward to the tennis soon!
Piet: Our DJ on the trip, awesome music collection and loved listening to the classics. Also a big up for your insight into the field of recovery. Your experience and words of encouragement was invaluable to us all.
Rick: Mr Poker Face himself…well done!
Once again thanks to all and well done to keeping your attitudes positive even when faced with obstacles!
Recovery is a beautiful thing.
Especially when recovery gives us the opportunity to be the best we can be. Beans Bus spent the weekend indulging in all the magic that Beaverlac had to offer. The guys and girls on the trip were incredible and such a fun and strong group. Individually and as a group it was a very special time. The campsite was perfect and the weather the same.
Max, when taking on the first challenge to the trip couldn’t have summed things up better with his wise words: “ Its all good, its part of the adventure!”
Frikkie, taking on the challenge of jumping off the cliff, and becoming a local celebrity and forming his own fan club!
Ruthie, who’s night time humour left us in stitches, and snack pack kept the sweet tooth happy. Safe journeys onwards!
Yusaf, achieving the respectable goal of swimming in every pool and jumping every cliff.
Muzi, an incredible list of firsts, from Volleyball to tuna out the tin, a very formidable hike and jumping off the rocks. Well done.
Yuri, who kept the home fires burning. Chef de cuisine of this trip. His marinated chicken and meat buffet was an absolute winner.
Rick, first trip as assistant guide. Proud to have you as part of the team. You put the baked beans into Beans Bus!
When other campers came up to us and asked us where we were from, saying that our team spirit, and our vibe was so amazing, it was the cherry on the top. Sober, beautiful and proud.
Thank you everyone for making it a very special weekend.
One last shoutout...AweWolf!
The clouds didn't stop us! We started the day all fired up and ready to show the pros how it is done. Harmony Rehab were the clear favorites to win till the Beans Bus secret weapon arrived, a 7ft danish destroyer. The games were tight. There was much to play for as the losing team had to go for a swim in the icy camps bay water. Lets just say I got wet a couple of times. After 5 games there was a clear winner in the Harmony/Scotswood Team. Well done those who turned up for a fun day out. Next up...Dodgeball!
A wonderful group of guys and girls joined us for a 5 day adventure down the garden route. From the Cango caves to Stormsriver mouth we made the most of each and every day. Day 2 we hit a torrential downpour that saw some of the highway being flooded and visibility in Knysna practically zero, but thanks to Oasis Rehab for providing us with a dry home for the night. Well done guys and girls for overcoming your fears, especially on the Bungee jumping, zip lining and the Blackwater Tubing, that's the courage we call up in the face of challenge that gets us through the tough times! The camping was great and the team had it down to 15min setting up, a new record for Beans Bus. Thanks to all for making it a very special trip!
A great day was had by all who joined us for the annual kite festival this year. With some great designs our aspiring aeronautical engineers showed off their creations. Proudly they took to the skies. The wind was definitely in our favour as the kites flew to great heights. The most ambitious of the lot was the Recycled Racer from Harmony, its 15min of fame only lasted for 5min as it had some technical problems early on. The Scotswood crew entered 2 kites, one was pretty in pink, and one that seemed to be weirdly attracted to the lake, maybe was a swimming kite? Both teams were quick to repair on the spot and get them up again. Well done Harmony and Scotswood for taking home the prizes.
Beans Bus headed to Kogel Bay resort for a one night adventure of fishing and exploring the local caves. What an adventure it was! With the forecast predicting storms and heavy winds we headed out to the caves and went as deep as possible. Found out that the mud inside makes fantastic facial mask, except for one small fact, it’s really difficult to come off. Lesson learnt. We then tried our hand at catching the big one. With dinner at stake we threw our rods in with not much luck. Luckily we knew how to make our own bread and made some very tasty tomato, feta and garlic pies. That was for the vegans primarily as the carnivores amongst us had some prime Texan steak to indulge in. Dinner was followed by a mini meeting where we took the chance to share some of our stories and love of recovery! The next morning the heavy rains arrived so it was all hands on deck to pack up. Well done guys and girls and all those that braved the elements and made the most of it to have a great time.