I managed to get my hubby to agree to go walking with me and jumped while he was still in the mood. My friend Carol, had taken me earlier in the week and showed me an area I didn't know existed, despite my 23 years of living here. All these years I have been going to the little beach called Heralds Bay, I had no idea that at a right junction in the farming area, was amazing walking territory.
My sister decided to join us since her husband and son were busy with a project of their own which didn't include her. The 3 of us went off. This is where we would be walking.
We went down the path and my plan was to go all the way down to the rocks at the sea.
Our first stop though was the cave.
The route there was pretty simple except for being downhill most of the way. That meant there were some steep declines which would be steep inclines on the way back
but I love that kind of walking...no straight roads for me, they bore me.
I love the rough and ready hikes.
Justin and I made it to the caves, leaving Gale to take a photo for us.
At that point, my poor old sister started having a panic attack. The sea was rough, but she was nowhere NEAR the sea. But panic attacks are not rational and even though the situation was not scary or out of control, to her it felt that way. So we had to turn back before we could explore that side of our walk. It was a bit frustrating, but it is what it is. Instead we walked along a long, dusty road in the heat. Not my kind of walk, but better than no walk at all and the view was magical all the same from that height.
We saw some lovely plants and a bug sitting on the plant, can you see the green chap?
Hes very well camouflaged.
You can see the full length of the road we would be walking on.
At about the half way point, I turned back and this is the sight I saw. The cliffs all lined up and the spray from the sea rising between them. As I said, the view was magical even if the road was flat, hot and dusty.
Once at the end of this long road, we bumped into Janine and her husband and she told me of another walk in the same area that I may want to do with he.....right then. Her husband doesn't enjoy bush whacking either???
This is the same Janine who's course I attended to interpret for her.
Janine and I walked from the foreground in this photo to way back where the houses are, in the background. Easily another 2km after completing the dusty road walk of 2km.
The route to that far point was mostly down hill. You can see the drop in this photo quite well.
I was grateful Janine had my camera because normally I am the only photographer on our walks. Having a second camera person gives different aspects that I may have missed.
The men couldn't go with, since they had to fetch the cars and drive them to the bottom of the beach where we would end up, and Gale was too nervous to go on any further walks fearing what she didn't know. (she's not always fearful, just some days are worse than others and this was day was bad - esp if her husband is not on the walk with her)
Justin who was not sure whether 2 women should be on the mountain alone despite her and her husband saying it was perfectly safe, decided to go part way and see for himself if it was safe and when he figured it was, he turned back to fetch the car.
Once Janine and I were on our own, we had such fun. I had to walk in front or Janine wouldn't know if anything happened to me because she is deaf. According to her, I could have fallen down the steep embankments - I suppose I could have lol but I haven't ever yet....guess there also could be a first time. Being in front meant she couldn't hear me, so she did all the talking and my word DID SHE TALK lol. We walked along the edge of the cliffs for part of the way which meant we had incredible views of the sea and sea life.
The choppy sea did not seem to disturb these sea birds at all.
The waves splashed over them and they just stayed where they were.
At a point we left the sea view and walked along a path that would lead to an undergrowth tunnel of shrubbery...as beautiful as the sea view was, just different. This walk had taken on a really interesting turn and I was glad that the entire walk hadn't been just along a long, hot, and dusty road.
Every now and then we would find a sunny spot and there would be gorgeous little bright flowers like these yellow ones.
By the time we completed the walk the sun was setting and the flowers were closing up for the day.
We finally made it to the end of the hike and....
just when I thought it was over.....the last part is +-100 steps to get down to the beach itself where the men and cars were. A thorough work out and every single second just simply awesome.
The sky had that beautiful rosy glow as evening set and though I was exhausted, it had been wonderful.
This hike took place on Sunday and today, Wednesday I am taking friends from up country on the exact same hike, but this time we will remain at the beach and watch the sun set and enjoy some sandwiches and a glass a wine together. The only difference being that on Sunday i hadn't done boot camp at 5.30am
Still.........I cant wait for 5pm to do this hike again.