The Blog is Back!

One year later I’ve finally managed to figure out to recover my old site database. I’ll be making some changes around here for the purpose of nothing in particular. Frankly, I’ll probably not write much of anything and instead focus on JB Woodruff Design and my new JB Woodruff Photography site.

Our Cape Town Home

Hard to believe it’s almost been 2 weeks since we left Cape Town. Been going through the photos and found one that I never got to post. It’s the outside of the building we lived in; 220 Westside Studios. Our place is one floor down from the top and the one with the windows open.


Been back home for over a week now and settling back into life. One thing I immediately noticed when we returned is just how green it is around here. Not that things aren’t green in Cape Town, but you don’t really have the forests or trees everywhere. Perhaps it’s the different types of trees, city life or just me, but definitely seems very green.

88mph Demo Day Prep Photos

Crunch weekend before the big day was held at Kresten’s place. Here are the photos:

Robberg Nature Reserve

If you happen to make your way to Plettenburg Bay along the Garden Route in South Africa then I highly suggest you make a stop and walk around the Robberg Nature Reserve. It’s a nature reserve on a small peninsula extending from the oceanside town. The hike will take you about 2 hours if you go the shorter route and closer to 4 if you go all the way out. We opted for the shorter route after having done a 9km hike in the rain the previous day.

You’re in for some geological wonders, seals, sand dunes 100m above sea level and generally awesome views. Why are you still sitting there? Go do this hike!

Back in the U.S. of A.


After two long flights we are now officially back in the States. Uneventful; just the way I like it.

Feels like it was all a dream.

Luckily we were able to change our flight from Minneapolis back to Cincinnati. We now have the whole day to enjoy with Mike, Sara, Aasta and Sigg before our ultimate flight of our journey.

More stories and pictures to come over the next few weeks. I will finally have some time to get these things shared.

Best Fries/Chips in Cape Town


What you’re seeing is the remains of our second helping of triple fried chips from Birds on Bree street. Easily top 5 fried potatoes I’ve ever had.

My Ode to Cape Town


The end is in sight and we’re enjoying our last full day in the city that has been our home for the past 3 months. Lists are my specialty so I’ll share a bit about things we loved in no particular order:

– The seafood
– Table Mountain to wake up to
– Sunsets and Sunrises
– Lion’s Head Hikes
– The markets (thank you hout bay and old biscuit mill)
– The breezy days
– Car guards
– Queuing methods at grocery stores and movie theaters
– At your own risk
– Shark diving
– A different culture to learn from
– the startups/friends at 88mph
– The Woodstock Exchange
– Savanna Dry Cider
– Stellenbosch (wine country)
– The dog’s bollocks (burgers)
– Rooftop movie watching
– Guesthouses
– Road trips
– Running at Sea Point
– Tjing Tjing cocktails
– Biking to work
– Camps Bay and Clifton beaches
– Milk tarts and custard pastries
– Jason Bakery
– Clouds creeping over table mountain
– Fog walls over the water
– oysters and champagne
– Our home away from home
– No TV
– Experiencing SA rugby and having no idea what’s going on
– Braai evenings
– New coffee shops to explore
– Mangoes
– Concerts in the Kirstenbosch
– Old Man Goldfish (our mini)
– Beach peddlers (at your service, don’t be nervous)

No Devil’s Peak Hike

So we have one more full day here and we thought we’d pack a picnic and hike up Devil’s Peak. We woke up to this sight. Now on to Plan B > Figure out what Plan B is.


Lion’s Head Photos Uploaded – Apr 20th

I have a mountain of photos to get through and upload, but here’s a gallery I’ve uploaded from my second hike of Lion’s Head on April 20th. Got some great shots this day.

Photo Gallery:

It’s a Knock Out!

We Saw Cheetahs Today!

I know my posts have been all over the place and things haven’t been in order. The first step is admitting I have a problem and it’s something I’m working on. But seriously, we saw some cheetahs today! Sure, they were in big cages, but pretty cool stuff nevertheless.

Yes, Lion’s Head Again

5 times in 10 days. Not too bad.

Lion’s Head Got to Our Heads

Clouds this morning so we thought we’d do some meditating.

88mph Cape Town 2013 Demo Day

The program has officially come to an end. It culminated with our Demo Day this past Thursday, April 25th. The format was 10 startups pitching their business ideas to potential investors and media.

Lion’s Head Sunrise Hike

After hiking Lion’s Head this past weekend we decided that once a week isn’t enough. We woke up this morning at 5:30am and headed out in the dark. I was joined by Arnaud, Stefano and Rahul. What a great way to wake up and watch the sun rise.

88mph Episode 3 – What’s Your Dream?

Levitating on Lion’s Head

Nice hike this morning with Arnaud, Stefano, Eliana (Stefano’s daughter), Nick and Jess. Great times, but we found a pocket on the mountain where you could float. Pretty wild stuff.

Great Dinner with My Lovely Wife


The night before Shannon headed off around the world, we headed to The Greenhouse for dinner. An amazing place with very creative dishes. I suggest it if you’re really in the mood for something different and special.

Africa According to Americans

Great image that I pulled from . What are your thoughts about Africa? Click to see the full size.