The next hike will be on Saturday, 15th October.
We meet at the Ball Park in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
We seem to be in the middle of a series of weather systems coming through with lots of rain and periods of very high winds. On Saturday morning there may be an interlude when the winds and rain might be somewhat less, but it all depends on how fast the systems are moving and the track they actually take. As there is a chance we may have a few hours for hiking in comfort I will not say the hike is cancelled, so we can wait and see how things look in the morning and take it from there. As we learned last year on a hike on the High Road it can be quite unpleasant to be caught in the open when trees and branches start to fall and the vehicles are still quite a long way away.
Last week we met in Van Anda and drove to Blubber Bay to hike in the area to the east between the quarry and the coastline. It was not the greatest weather for hiking as we had light rain just about the entire time. This is an area of the island where the Giant Chain Fern is found in abundance, and this year in particular the fronds were looking particularly green and healthy.
My photo for this week was taken on a hike in August when we got slighly lost in the forest near Shingle Beach, but ended up for lunch on a seaside bluff with a great view. Thank you Brian for including us all in your selfie-stick photo.
Happy hikers at Shingle Beach, August 2016.