Jul-Dec 2017


A group a twelve Plus wakers, including leaders Bert and Kurt, commenced the Shaw’s Ridge walk a few minutes before the Regular walkers. The day turned out to be a beautiful spring day with moderate temperatures tempered by the occasional wind chill. Morning tea was held on a rocky outcrop during which the Regular walkers meandered by. Shortly thereafter the Plus walkers passed the Regulars having morning tea on an equally beautiful rock ledge. We then descended the steep trail into the Blue Swamp Creek valley, a beautiful valley, home to one of the last stands of the magnificent blue gums. At the apex of this circular walk we climbed the very steep trail of Bees Nest Hill towards the Grose Mountain Lookout where we had lunch. The lookout presented us with vistas into the valley and the Grose River, a view towards Mt Thomah, Mt. Banks and Mt Hay and in the other direction out into the Cumberland Plain and two peaks that were either Mt Yengo (probable) or Mt Wondabyne (less probable). Given the beauty of the spot, lunch was longer than usual and was well worth the steep climb. After lunch we retraced our steps to the circular track and continued through the Blue Gum Swamp. There was little evidence of a swamp, the area being quite dry, a little worrying given the onset of the bush fire season. We completed the circuit by 2.00 pm and retired to theWinmalee Shopping Centre for coffee where we once again met up with the Regular walkers.

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 What's gone wrong? The Regulars overtake the Plus walkers who are enjoying their morning tea


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Ladies on high enjoy the morning tea spot

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2017 09 08 Plus Pete resizeP1010533Down into the Blue Gum Swamp

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Views of the Blue Gums at close range



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Happy relaxed walkers before they started climbing Bees Nest Hill




2017 09 08 Plus Pete resizeP1010539..........and still happy and relaxed when they made it to the top to the lunch spot lookout

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 Lots of space to spread out for lunch (left. )

Our newest members Bella and Pete and the upper class at lunch (right)



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 Green shoots of growth(left) and a white flower now indetified as Zieria laevigata observed at the lookout (right top and bottom).


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Is Wendy there just to keep this bunch in order?
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    Bert and Kurt led Nick, Wendy C, Sue F, Martin, Kas, John M, Claude, Pete and Bella and Barbara.

    Photos by Wendy (12,14,18 ), Pete (2,4,6,9,10,11,17) and Barbara (1,3,5,7,8,13,15,16)

    Words by Kurt




Retreating homewards through the Blue Gums



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