Bush walking and Snacks with Snakes
Trip Start Jun 15, 2011
84Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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Last weekend we went to Muogamarra National park which is only open to the public in the spring on 5 weekends a year. It opens in spring so that people can go and see the wild flowers in bloom. We had to get there early because as soon as a certain number of people are there they close as they are trying to protect the natural habitat of the national park
After the short circuit to see the flowers we set off on our proper walk which was about 2 hours return and took us down to a viewpoint over the Hawkesbury river. The walk started off down a hill to another lookout and we decided to take a couple of minutes a little off the track to have a drink and a snack before setting off
Before I had a chance to even turn my camera on Berry was off ushering us all away from the snake at a running pace... apparently that sort of snake is the most common for serious human injury and fatalities so hanging around for a photo isn't the best idea. Our running startled him and he raised his head off the floor and dashed into the forest so fast. It was only once we had left the area that we really realised what had just happened and I hate snakes so for the rest of the walk was on edge any time I heard rustling in the trees. Katy thought she'd help to ease my nerves by jumping out at me, grabbing my shoulders and shouting "Watch out" before falling over laughing at my near heart-attack.... I tell you, that is true love! So, we've had our wild snake encounter, supposedly people live here for years and years and will never see one but we were in an area which doesn't often have people and we stopped so the snake probably didn't realise we were there
Katy and I are loving living in Manly, it's an amazing place and like being on holiday all the time as you're next to some of the nicest beaches around and there's so much to explore in the surrounding area as well. On my journey to work this week I saw a pod of dolphins swimming next to the ferry, and then on the journey home watched the sun set behind the harbour bridge from the ferry (the best place to get a view of the city is from a boat in the harbour... without a doubt!). It was like a postcard!
Yesterday Katy and I caught a bus to Dee-Why beach where we had lunch in a beach-side cafe before setting off on a coastal walk to Manly crossing 4 beaches along the way. (Dee Why, Curl Curl, Freshwater and Manly). We looked out for snakes as we now expect them to be everywhere and we looked for Whales but they have mostly done their migration now although there are a still a few sightings now and then. Again with this walk you realise that everything in Australia wants you to be in pain or dead. We're on this beautiful beach with really soft white sand and you think there isn't anywhere better to be but there are bluebottles everywhere
The other risk is on the road. We are lucky enough to be borrowing a car which gives us a bit more freedom for exploring the local area. The public transport is good but often you end up quite far from the actual spot you want to be, so having a car is great. Sydney, although big is over populated and the roads are so busy at all times. The problem is that they have tried to be too clever and there are loads and loads of additional rules you have to know. There are bus lanes, cycle lanes, T2 lanes (you have to have at least 2 passengers), T3 lanes (minimum 3 passengers) and school zones where the speed limit changes for a couple of hours on school days. So you can be driving along and suddenly your lane is no longer available to you because it's T3. And worse is that you have to merge right rather than left, so if your lane ends you have to somehow push your way into traffic that's going faster than you. Usually the reason you have to move is because someone has parked in your lane... anyway it's mayhem but nothing like Thailand so we'll cope and we're getting used to it now. Middle lane driving is definitely the answer. Stay in the middle lane and you can't go too wrong!