Thursday 10 June 2021
Photos courtesy of Gay, Amanda and Tom
Seven brave souls took the chance and joined Donna for a 14kms walk in the Bodalla State Forest. Prior rain and a dismal forecast for the day didn’t ‘dampen’ enthusiasm so a punt was taken and we were rewarded with a good day for walking.
This walk is a new walk so it was a great opportunity to explore some areas of the forest not previously traversed by the club. We started our walk from Big Rock Road and passed a number of quirky ‘sculptures’ constructed by locals from various materials found on the surrounding ground. A teepee, crocodile and stickman riding a horse were just a few of the creations that we passed.
We made our way to a big granite rock, no guesses for where the name Big Rock Road came from! and then continued onto Stony Creek where we observed an old log in the creek, a remnant from an old bridge previously used by loggers many years ago. Who said this walk had no features!! After a nice morning tea stop, serenaded by a particularly chatty lyrebird, we continued along various bike tracks, ridges and of course the odd incline (aka hill) or two, or maybe three, hmmm well perhaps four. We made our way down through a lovely fern covered gully and then through a marshy area which fortunately was easily crossed without any boots becoming wet, although a few hitchhiker leech’s were quickly discarded.
Lunch was abruptly cut short due to a short five minute downpour so we donned our rain gear and picked up the pace for the remaining few kilometres. The weather gods were in our favour as we were able to make it back to the cars just in time to beat a heavy downpour.