Up and Downers Bushwalking Club

Upcoming Events

March 18 Red Socks Reel night at Pennant Hills. More info will follow

2019 weekend away - we have booked the Blue Mountains (Katoomba) YHA for 23/24 August. We have exclusive use of rooms, lounge. kitchen. Couples will almost certainly have their own rooms. Cost will be about the same as 2018. Decisions re catering will be made later. Dave C.

Next walk

Saturday 23 March: Homebush Bay loop. Join us on an urban ramble from Meadowbank, to Rhodes, Bicentennial Park, Newington Nature Reserve, Silverwater Bridge and back to Meadowbank. Great views of the river and wetlands and lots of heritage features

Grade: Medium
Distance: 16.9km Options to shorten via new foot bridge from Rhodes to Wentworth Point to 14km (miss Bicentennial Park section).
Risk assessment: No special risks
Meeting: Meadowbank Netball Courts, end of Adelaide St, Meadowbank
Leader: Julie Ravallion

Walking: Julie, Garry, Sandy J (V)

Last Walk

The view from Spion Kop in black & white
The black and grey view of Brisbane Waters from Spion Kop
Waterfalls everywhere
Waterfalls everywhere
Saturday 16 March: What a day for surprises? It started out very wet and stayed wet, and so expectations were for a day of grit and determination. Through the wet we saw the bush become fresh and vibrant with bright colours appearing on the trees. New waterfalls appeared in places that were not expected. Spider webs grew and required the leader to be a constantly vigilant web browser. The vista from Spion Kop was a black and grey photo of the Brisbane Waters. There was the chorus of frogs that diminished in volume as we approached along the fire trail. Birds were darting between the vegetation, in song and looking for food. Finally, after a day of stimulated senses the "drowned rats" maintained good spirits and enjoyed their well deserved post-walk tipple. Link to Peter's photos

Alternative Walk: Though only some 6kms further eastward near Pearl Beach and Patonga, the alternative walkers encountered less heavy rain than the Spion Kop group and really only needed raincoats for about 40 minutes. The colours of the wet branches and rock formations were particularly beautiful. Morning tea at the very upmarket Patonga hotel was a special treat. It was also interesting to see the preparations for the Opera at the Pearl Beach Arboretum, a fund raising event by Woy Woy Rotary being held for the eleventh year.

Member Updates

Feb 6: our much loved member Tas Wilson passed away this morning. His journey of the last few months has been tough. He is now at peace. We will miss him.

General News & Information

Next craft AFTERNOON on Tuesday, 26 March at 1pm to 3pm. Message Pam on 0407069736 if you are coming along.

Club member Jo-Anne Lee did a Kimberley tour with the following company this year and was very impressed with the couple running the show. Great value for money. They now have a new tour added to their offerings. See https://www.kimberleyoffroadtours.com/­our-tours/­

Article at bottom of page re ticks is very informative. Please read. Val does carry a can of stuff to freeze them off on walks, but depending on where you live you might like to obtain your own.

The current program is available here. Activities_Guide__Feb_to_July_2019.docx

Deep (& Meaningful?) Thoughts from Members

people say "You only Live once" They are way off the mark, you Live every day and you only Die Once!!! Live and enjoy what we have. Dawn Carrington

Also people say life begins at 40 (or 50) but life begins at 0 and it is upwards for as long as you like

Tip: Don't say Dad Joke Anymore. Better to say Grandfather Joke. One step worse Ah, Ha, Ha, Greg!

Tick Guidelines Allergic-Reactions-to-Tick-Bites-presentation-17_3_13-pdf_(1).pdf