Thursday, September 17, 2015

BRISBANE WATER NP - KARIONG MTB - 16 SEPTEMBER 2015

Once again, it was time to find the glyphics at Kariong. I have tried a number of times with no luck. This time it was no better. I took one trail and persevered but it was a dead end. I even bush bashed in a wide arc to see if I could pick up the trail. No go!






The next trail lead steeply down hill. As it turned out this was the right track but the two turnoffs I took across the rocks were before and after the glyphics. Now I know where they are so next time. :)

 

It was still a good ride. I found some rock carvings, I think they were fish.

 
On the other side of WoyWoy Road, I had a great time riding along some great tracks and sandstone outcrops. The sandstone outcrops were shaped like small waves and dotted over the platforms were turfs of vegetation and mosses which made the area like a maze. Really good fun with nice bush land views.


 
A great 9 km ride with a 66m elevation. :)

BRISBANE WATER NP - WARRAH TRIG HIKE AND PEARL BEACH - 15 SEPTEMBER 2015

I was going for a bike ride but when I got to Warrah Trig the wild flowers were out so I thought a leisurely hike would be better.




I took a short track that circumnavigated the hill crest of Warrah Trig. It was full of flowers and the undergrowth cracking with my steps. It joined onto the main track which I followed, as well as, veering off to climb a few sandstone outcrops and admire the view.

 
 

It was very quiet except for the buzz of insects.


 
The track eventually reached the viewing area over Broken Bay. It is such an amazing view - looking down the cliff face to the water far below, watching the sea vessels criss-cross over the bay, a panoramic view of Barrenjoey and Pittwater, and Patonga nestled amongst the sea sand and the greenery.

 
 

The flowers were abundant and vibrant.


A nice walk!


After the walk, I drove to Pearl Beach. I sat on the beach having a coffee, a swim and soaking up the sun's warmth.

 

:)

PELICAN, BIRDIE, RED OCHRE, FRAZER PARK AND CATHERINE HILL BEACH - SURF WANDER - 14 SEPTEMBER 2015

A sunny morning with light west winds. Time for a wander along the beaches to see what surf was on offer.

I did the rounds:

Pelican Beach

Birdie Beach
 

Red Ochre Beach

 
Frazer Park Beach
 

Catherine Hill bay Beach


 
Nice drive but no surf luck! :)


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

BLACKWALL MOUNTAIN MTB - 13 SEPTEMBER 2015

I parked at the top entrance to Blackwall Mountain. There was very limited parking space.


I did a hike here not long ago and decided it would be a good bike ride.

 

The start was very steep along a service road to reach the plateau of the mountain. At the top, there were a few tracks going in a number of directions. These tracks also criss cross each other. The tracks were fun being narrow, bumpy, rocky and smooth in spots.

 

The views are excellent of Brisbane Water and Broken Bay. There was a low mist in the valleys between the hills making for a mystical sight. The rising sun was sparkling across the water.

 

The view certainly puts a perspective on the physical terrain in terms of natural and human habitation. It looks very balanced from the mountain's vantage point.


A 3km ride with an elevation range of 70m.

KINCUMBA MOUNTAIN MTB - 12 SEPTEMBER 2015

Another ride at the mountain.


I have been enjoying the ride has it is a short drive to start from home and it has a number of challenges but isn't over the top.


I ran into Michael and friend along the track.


Driving up the hill to the reserve a wallaby hopped across the road.

Along the track I came across a brush turkey. Funny birds, instead of running away into the bush it ran along following the track. It kept looking back at me freaking that I was still there then picking up pace again. Eventually, it ran off the track and back to it's personal sanity.

A 5km ride with 40m elevation range.




Friday, September 11, 2015

TERRIGAL BEACH SUNRISE - 11 SEPTEMBER 2015

I was up early and only had a small window of opportunity to do something.


I decided on a brisk walk along Terrigal Beach and around Terrigal Haven.

 
There were quite a few people with similar sentiments with the most activity being centred at the Skillion. people were walking, running, jogging or puffing their way up and down the slope. I joined the queue but spent a bit of time admiring the morning sunrise from the top.


The sunrise was awesome with grey skies and a dark ocean contrasting against an horizon of yellows.

 
I saw a seal on the Haven point but after awhile I realized sadly that it was dead and seemed to be stuck for some reason.

 
 
I checked the video and the seal was alive but for some unknown reason it stayed in the one place.

SURFS, MOUNTAIN BIKING, NIGHT KAYAK AND CAPPUCCINOS - 18 DECEMBER 2017

14 December 2017 The surf was messy so I settled for an ocean swim at the Haven. I sat in the morning sun and read my kindle. Later...