Being my wife’s mid-week day off, we decided too take advantage today and go do a bushwalk. We took Scully and drove over to Castle Cove, a suburb about 10 km north of the city centre. Here we stopped first at a bakery to grab some lunch and cold water. Then we moved the car a few blocks to a spot where we could begin a walk that would take us on a loop down a long street, and then into the North Arm Walking Track, a bushwalk running along the shore of Middle Harbour back to where we’d left the car. There’s a better map of the walk here.
The first part of the track has good views of Middle Harbour.
Scully enjoyed it too.
That’s my wife walking ahead. The whole way along this track we only met one other person coming the other way. So it was nice and peaceful. Well, except for the loud drone of the cicadas!
Scully having more fun along the way.
Towards the end the path went more inland, among fern forests with small creeks draining down to the harbour.
Scully didn’t appreciate having to walk al the way back uphill to the car.
But there were more good views here.
At times on bushwalks like this it feels a bit like you’re a hobbit trekking through Middle-earth.
It took us a couple of hours and we were hot and sweaty by the end of it, but it was a good day out. Along the way I stopped at one point to get something scratchy out of my shoe and I noticed a leech on my shoe, so I flicked it off. Then I found one half in my sock, and pulled it out. I didn’t see any more… until I got home and took my shoes and socks off. There was a leech attached to my ankle. So I had to pull it off, sterilise the wound, and bandage it. I also carefully checked Scully for any leeches or ticks.
Add to that a 2.5k run which I did this morning, and three ethics classes in a row in the evening, and I’m pretty worn out!
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