Sixteen Batemans Bay bushwalkers formed a very large circle at the “Sunlit Waters” turn off, in compliance with social distancing. Mary had to use her loudest voice to be heard by all as she read out the COVID -19 requirements for walkers, prior to commencing the hike.
The morning was crisp but sunny as the group strode along Sheep Station Road before turning up hill and onto a fire trail.
Everywhere walkers were confronted with signs of the havoc of the recent fires but, there was also abundant regeneration commencing along with the sounds of birds. It was uplifting to see how resilient our wonderful bushland can be. There were also areas still wet after recent rains and water in the small creek that hikers crossed on their 6.5 kilometre circuit.
Walkers paused at the top of a hill to take in views westward to the mountains. These views will eventually be obscured once nature has had more time for regrowth. Everyone felt the joy & rejuvenation that fresh air & exercise can bring.
It was a short walk that finished at lunch time so, some club members drove to the Clyde River picnic area at Nelligen to eat their sandwiches & enjoy more sunshine.
Thank you to Mary and Stan for such a lovely outing.