Wednesday, December 30, 2015

PATONGA/MOUNT ETTALONG/PEARL BEACH - KAYAK, MTB, SWIM - 29 DECEMBER 2015

After a bout of relatively cold and wet weather, the day was looking promising.

First stop was Patonga and a kayak through the estuary. I did this partially not long ago but the waves tended to swamp the kayak. Since then I bought a splash deck. It made a huge difference as at one point a small wave crashed over the kayak and normally it would have deposited a bucket or two of water in the kayak if not for the slash deck. It still needs a few adjustments to make it more taunted.


The 1.96 km kayak through the estuary was fun with small waves to crash through and to ride into shore. The splash deck certainly improved my confidence in the situation knowing that the kayak would not fill with water.


The second stop was Mount Ettalong which was just after the turn off for Pearl beach from Patonga for a 1.6 km bike ride. The parking area looked grubby but the ride was excellent though short. The main track was wide and there were heaps of  shorter turnoffs for sandstone rock ledge lookouts over the ocean.




The track was fun with lots of small obstacles and low hanging trees. :)



The final stop was Pearl Beach for a coffee on the beach and a swim. I love this beach! It is sheltered and deep and clean. A great spot fro swimming, relaxing and taking in the great view across to Box Head.

An excellent morning.

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