This is my second bush walk activity with the Macquarie Explorer Club. Although I have not met the other members before, there is that instant recognition and warm welcome when we met early this morning at the Tennis Court off the road where Roosevelt Avenue becomes Churchill Crescent in Allambie Heights. We waited a bit for Angie before heading off.
The tracks are more challenging this time compared to the Kamay Botany Bay National Park bush walk. Often we walk in a single file on a slippery and muddy trail. The elevation, though not steep, had sections of steady climb. The other members are 6 to 10 years older than me and yet they are much fitter than a number of people I know who are much younger than me.
The day is warm but the growth around the trails has seen most of our journey under a shade.
So what do you do on a hike besides enjoying the scenery. You exchange tales with fellow hikers. They are well travelled and have vast and varied interests. There’s a lady who grew up in India, another talk about her travel in Petra, and another has just been in Quebec. There were also others who talk about their plans to travel to Greece and another to Africa. All these talk of travels keep my preparation for my own a lot more interesting.
Today however is about the beauty of our own city, a trail I may not have ever seen if not for the current hike leaders of the Macquarie Explorer Club.