Jul-Dec 2019

2019 10 25 RegularPlus ChristineMcA viewoverGroseValley 141647 2 3Twenty two walkers met at Govetts Leap lookout car park for the Pulpit Rock 8kms return classic cliff top track on a warm Blue Mountains day. We passed many lookouts each giving a unique perspective of the Grose Valley’s dramatic cliff line and waterfalls. 

BRIEFING at Govetts Leap
2019 10 25 RegularPlus DonWo briefing
DESCENT from Govetts Leap and MORNING TEA which was a small detour from the Pulpit Rock track along Popes Glen to pretty Boyds Beach. 
2019 10 25 RegularPlus SueS descentfromGovettsLeap 204905 2019 10 25 RegularPlus Hazel morningtea P1820706 2019 10 25 RegularPlus Deidre morningtea 101802 

WATERFALLS......the Horseshoe Falls are sourced by Popes Glen Creek and the Bridal Veil Falls are sourced by the Braeside Creek.  
2019 10 25 RegularPlus Hazel BridalVeilFalls P18207362019 10 25 RegularPlus Hazel HorseshoeFalls P1820712
                                  Horsehoe Falls                                                                                                   Bridal Veil Falls 
LOOKOUTS
2019 10 25 RegularPlus ChristineMcA groupphoto104921 2                                                                                                                      The obligitary group photo  
2019 10 25 RegularPlus SueS drinkstop 111331                                                                                                        Walkers appreciated the various drink spots
FLOWERS......the track was a garden of flowers and a reptile!
2019 10 25 RegularPlus ChristineMcA spottedsunorchid 105743 2 32019 10 25 RegularPlus DonWo rocksprengelia
                                                      Rock Sprengelia Sprengelia monticola
2019 10 25 RegularPlus Hazel Grevillea P1820847 3
                                                          Grevillea acanthifolia                                                                                               Spotted Sun Orchid Thelymitra ixioides
2019 10 25 RegularPlus SueS bluntleafheath 085725  2019 10 25 RegularPlus SueS symphionemamontanum 085643  2019 10 25 RegularPlus SueS pinkfingers 173432                           Bunt-Leaf Heath Epacris obtusifolia                                Symphionema montanum                                                      Pink Fingers Caladenia carnea                    2019 10 25 RegularPlusWalk SueS copperhead 151212 2019 10 25 RegularPlus Hazel waratah P1820747 
            Waratah Telopea speciosissima....the beautiful and not so beautiful......the copperhead Austrelaps superbus slithered off the track when it heard us approaching
2019 10 25 RegularPlus ChristineMcA gumtrees 140434 2 52019 10 25 RegularPlus SueS PalePinkBoronia 090446
                               Pale Pink Boronia Boronia floribunda
2019 10 25 RegularPlus SueS vanillalily 155034
                                       Vanilla Lily Sowerbaea juncea                                                                                Blue Mountains Ash Eucalyptus oreades                                                    

PULPIT ROCK offers three levels of lookouts each one more exposed than the last with views stretching to Mt Banks and Mt Hay in the east and Evans Lookout and Govetts Leap in the south. Pulpit Rock was officially opened on 14th December 1935.                                                                                                                                        2019 10 25 RegularPlus Deidre lowerplatformPR 1212442019 10 25 RegularPlus SueS viewfromPulpitRock                         Stunning Grose Valley from Pulpit Rock                                                                                          Lower platform of Pulpit Rock                                                2019 10 25 RegularPlus DonWo hvb at pulpit rrock                                                                                                      HVB at Pulpit Rock                                             
LUNCH......walkers sought  shade at the side of the steps to the Pulpit Rock car park.
2019 10 25 RegularPlus Deidre lunch 1232062019 10 25 RegularPlus Deidre lunch123221
The RETURN journey......the cloud cover was very welcome for our return journey from Pulpit Rock.
2019 10 25 RegularPlus SueS returningfromPulpitRock
COFFEE at the Blackheath Deli who were very accommodating and enjoyable.  Thank you Elizabeth P for the suggestion!

Deidre and Sue S led 20 walkers:  Sue B, Wendy C, Barbara C, Polly, Tim, Elaine E, Mary, Libby, Martin, Chris McA, Lydia, Hazel, Bert, Elizabeth P, Wendy P, Pragati,  Nick S, Lyn, Don Wo and a visitor (Susie Craig)

First Aiders:  Sue B and Don Wo   Tail End Charlene:  Lyn   Thank you!!

Words by Deidre  All flower identification by Sue S

Photos by Christine McA (1, 8, 11, 19), Don Wo (2, 10, 23), Sue S (3, 9, 13-15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 26), Hazel (4, 6, 7, 12, 16), Deidre (5, 22, 24, 25)

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