Our last bushwalk from Coasters Retreat in Pittwater gave us a taste for more exploring up the Hawkesbury. We motored up to America Bay, from which we could set off on a walk. The Bay is peppered with club and private moorings, but when you are there mid week as we were, few yachts are around.
The bushwalks guide described the walk to the waterfall overlooking America Bay as delightful in spring, easy and flat. We liked the sound of that! But it is if you come from the West Head road at the top of the escarpment. However we started from America Bay, which meant a steep rock scramble to the top. We accessed the head of the bay in Peasy, arriving at dead low tide. We had to anchor and wade in so the dinghy would not get damaged by the oyster covered rocks. Returning to the dinghy a few hours later meant Wadie had to swim out to bring our charriot to the smooth rock slabs, so us ladies would not get wet! He is very good to us.
It was a hard climb up to the cliff top, but so worth it! Although there was hardly any water over the waterfall, the views from it were stunning, especially with that nice cat in the middle of the bay.
We wandered further along the flat track on top of the escarpment and saw some wildflowers and butterflies.
One of the wonders of macro photography is that the lens uncovers details you cannot see with the naked eye. The first image of the Mountain Devil shows the entire flower, the second is a close up. Amazing!
On our last day together we went out to sea, hoping Sue would get to see some whales, but no luck. Instead on our return to Patonga we settled for watching superb sea eagles and whistling kites.
The Whistling Kites were serenading us with their characteristic calls and circling around Take It Easy and the local fishing boats.
One kite even caught a fish and ate some of it on a nearby dinghy before taking the leftovers to its nest in the Norfolk pines!
Sue has now gone back home to Sydney and with the return of the northerly wind on Monday, we are heading off to resume our southward journey. We won’t get very far as a southerly change is coming – just to Jibbon Beach, some 38 miles further. It is raining for a few days and chilly all of a sudden!