Jul-Nov 2021

12 intrepid walkers set out on the Callicoma and Westleigh Circuit at 8.30am.
The weather had looked a bit wet overnight but we met at the end of Bellamy St Pennant Hills anyway and were greeted with high cloud, which held off for the entire walk.
The walk headed down a paved path but quickly headed into the Great North Walk along leafy dirt tracks to The Jungo, where we embarked on the Callicoma Circuit and to our morning tea (& multiple de-leeching) spot on some convenient rocks.

After transiting Cherrybrook Lakes, we completed the Callicoma Circuit and re-joined the GNW to walk up to Westleigh.

We followed alongside several streams and at points crossed them, with small and large birds warning of our arrival into their territory.
We saw Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, heard Bellbirds and Whipbirds; as well as wee little Gerygones, which flitted around on low branches near us.
Ros pointed out some orchids and other plants to those nearby.
We saw amazing rock shelves and water running in the creeks.
We felt the large trees and many grass trees were happy to have us pass them by.
Maybe we were less happy to climb steeply up to Westleigh, spurred on by the thought of lunch on top of the rise, overlooking the valley.

A small road section then joined us to our third stint in the bush and our Westleigh leg ended, passing the Zig Zag Quarry, with the smell of coffee drawing us ever onward.
The happy bunch had coffee at Monday Morning Cafe opposite Thornleigh station but minus John M, who had babysitting duties.

Many thanks to Michael for coming to Lyndy’s aid after her abandonment by Nick. (Not his fault really; Holiday business took precedence).
Many thanks also to Mary for her alternative walk suggestions, which were all implemented.

All’s well that ends well and a great day out was had by all.

2021 11 05 Reg Don Wo 0741 Briefing
                                                                                                                                       'Briefing'.

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                                                                                                                   On the way to The Jungo

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                                                      'Will we do it?'                                                                                           Nope. Today is a short walk.

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                                                                                                                                                                             'Rock shelter.'

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                                              'It was a Trigger plant.'                                                                              'Flannel flowers and Kunzea.'

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                                                                                                                           'Dad at work.'

 For the record:

Leaders Michael and Lyndy with Elizabeth, Keith, John and Ros, Lyn, Dawn, John M, Don Wo, Sue F, Vreni & Lyn .

Tail Ender: John G (thanks, John).
First Aid: Keith and Lyndy.

Words by Lyndy.
Photos by Lyndy 2,3,5,6. and Don Wo 1,4,7-10.. ['Thanks for your captions Don!']

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