A walk to Cape Kidnappers, December 16 2009
Day-trippers: Leader Alison Greer (to whom, special thanks), Noeline Blair, Vic Bullock, Carol Finch, Manfred Hausler, Ali Hollington, John Marshall, Keith Moretta, Loretta Pearson, Peter Slagter, Ray Slavin, Alex Stevenson, Jeanne Van Den Hout, Viv , and Ken Ross
What a great way to wrap up our Wednesday outings for 2009. Fifteen of us had a sociable trip that consisted of a walk along the beach from Clifton to Cape Kidnappers and back, followed by a relaxing break at the Clifton Café. The high point (literally and metaphorically) was at the Cape Lighthouse – and a chocolate feast. Thank you to Keith for sharing his photo competition winnings, plus some more.
The day was cloudless, with just a light cooling wind. The tide was ideal and the beach sandy and firm, so we made good progress. Some stopped for a drink at the DoC shelter before the only real exertion of the day, the climb up to the gannets.
From there, it was all downhill (or on the flat). Some lunched at the shelter while others preserved their appetite for the café. The beach walk was more sociable than normal tramps because the track is wider (and I wasn’t gasping for breath, for once.) We arrived back at the vehicles to be greeted by the first spits of rain. What perfect timing.
It had been a great day for photos, with good seascapes and interesting cliff features in the strong lighting. We had shared the beach with others: fishermen, the tractor-trailer combo and other walkers who were mainly young and many from foreign parts.
Thank you all for a great day and for sharing this and all our other tramps during the year.