By Vita Forest
Another post hand-written while on holidays…
By Vita Forest
2 walkers – Saskia and Vita.
1 stop on the train – Kiama to Gerringong. $4 for my train ticket (because I left my opal card at home… $2 for Saskia, she remembered hers).
2 legs of the Kiama Coast Walk – Gerringong to Loves Bay and Loves Bay to Blowhole Point.
14km walk from start to finish.
3km walk from Gerringong station to the start of the walk at Werri Lagoon.
2 pairs of wooden dream poles covered with local indigenous symbols, at either end of the Gerringong to Loves Bay leg.
1 herd of black and white cows huddled together in an adjoining paddock.
Millions of golden dandelions covering the hills.
1 woman using the hillls over Werri Lagoon as an outdoor gym – interval training, jogging up and down the steep hill and stopping at the top to do push-ups or squats…
Millions of hidden insects in the swaying grasses, chirping and clicking.
Thousands of visible bugs in the vegetation – butterflies, crickets, flies hitching rides on the back of our backpacks.
2 girls overtook us on the walk.
1 train line disappearing into dark caverns beneath the hills.
1 handful of delicious, wild, sun-ripened blackberries picked from the bushes along the path.
Thousands of purple wildflowers tumbling down the steep escarpments.
4 sea kayakers passing below the cliffs as we walked in the opposite direction, 2 with tiny sails to take advantage of the sea.
8 pelicans flying in formation.
1 electric blue fairy wren balancing delicately on the barbed wire fence beside the path.
4 patrolled beaches along the route (Werri, Easts, Kendalls and Surf).
3 caravan parks.
1 stile over a dry stone wall near Easts Beach.
1 heron that stood silent and still before launching off over the cliffs at Easts Beach when I ventured too close.
1 amazingly refreshing swim at Kendalls beach.
Several rumbles of thunder and flashes of lightening as we neared the Surf Beach.
1 downpour just as we neared our holiday flat.
1 blister on the bottom of my right big toe.
29 degrees C in the middle of the day, 22 degrees after the storm.
2 tired but happy explorers sitting on the balcony with a cup of tea watching the rain.