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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Selections # 286



Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
 
I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week we're going for a walk.
Along a clifftop.

I read about a coastal boardwalk down along the southern area, from Marino to Hallett Cove, maybe a little further in either direction, total distance approximately 7kms, I think.
I didn't walk the entire distance, I quit about halfway along. 
When you view these images, you'll see why. This is not the easy stroll I imagined.

if you're afraid of heights, I wouldn't recommend this.

look at those rocks!

walking from the road to the boardwalk, I saw these red hot pokers in someone's garden.

crashing waves far below.

some areas have little vegetation and you can see just how steep most of the boardwalk is.

more of the cliff and the waves.

down one side and up the other, I took it very slowly, being as unfit as I am, I was passed by several much younger people and also by an elderly gentleman who strode along quite quickly.
He possibly lives in the area and has been walking this trail a long time. 

some of the trail is stepped pathway, which looks easy, but the risers are a little higher than they look; my thighs got quite a workout hauling me up and down the steps. 

another look down at the waves.


there are seats along the way, not many, but I managed to pass three and sit on each one to rest a bit.

looking back up to where I'd just been.

rocks and waves again. The view was so amazing, the day sunny, a nice breeze was blowing. I felt like my face might be getting sunburned in spite of the sunscreen, but it didn't.
When I go back, and I WILL go back, I'll start at the northern end and walk away from the sun.

the risers don't look high, but they are about 30-35cm in some places and after a while I copied the elderly gentleman who'd passed me earlier, and used the goat track alongside the steps. It was much easier going.

another cliff view.

down, down, down, down, almost to the bottom, then across a narrow gully and up the other side.

see that triangular rock dead centre?

it was covered in birds, cormorants I think.

looking at most of these, you might think it is an isolated area, far from civilisation,

but there are houses and people aplenty. The houses you see here are on the westernmost street so no homes can be built in front of them to spoil their view. I took this standing on the boardwalk with the cliff edge right behind me. The green area isn't large, off to the left of the photo, the street curves around closer to the cliff.
There is no beach at the bottom, just rocks, waves and deep water.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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    1. Grace; it is gorgeous, we have some amazing scenery in Australia.

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  2. It's a fantastic trail. I guess any guide labelled it "Very difficult."

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    1. Joanne; I haven't seen any official 'guides', just read a reference somewhere and decided I wanted to see and walk it for myself. I don't think it's terribly difficult, just a bit demanding for one such as me who has sat in a chair for several years doing not much of anything.

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  3. I don't do heights well at all (or long walks these days)!!

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    1. fishducky; I'm okay with heights, but have been avoiding long walks because of sore muscles and heel pain. A mistake on my part as the cure for these things is more exercise not more laziness.

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  4. What an AMAZING walk. But no, not easy. Not easy at all.

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    1. Elephant's Child; not easy. YET. It will be, eventually. I expected to feel tired and sore the next day, but instead I had more energy than I'd felt in a long time after a great night's sleep and only some tightness in the calf muscles and achilles tendons, but less tightness than I'd been having for the last year. I'm definitely going back and with less luggage next time.

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  5. My goodness! That certainly is some walk!!! I'll wait at the end of it for you, River. With my wonky hip there is no way in the world I could do that walk. A great one by the looks of it, though...with wonderful views. I'll have to be satisfied with your terrific photos...thanks for sharing.

    Have yourself a good week ahead....cuddles to Angel. :)

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    1. Lee; I'm looking forward to the day when I can do the entire walk with ease. That will probably take a year or two.

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  6. The walkway is brilliant. You did well to walk half when there are so many steps. Was there a bus stop near the half way mark? While doing such a thing can be an effort, don't you feel good about yourself later.

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    1. Andrew; I'm not sure whether I did half or not, I do know it seemed an awful long way back to the train station. No bus stops anywhere, that section of The Cove Road doesn't see buses. They turn off and go towards the shopping centres.I did feel good about myself, even more so the next day when I was bursting with energy.

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  7. I like wild places but not heights.
    Don't you just hate when people older than you overtake you it happens to me all the time, they are just showing off or that's what I say.
    Merle.............

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    1. Merle; being overtaken by someone much older just reminded me that I sit on my chair by the TV and computer far too long. I need to get out more.

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  8. I absolutely loved these images! I enlarged them and enjoyed the view of every one.
    They remind me so much of the long boardwalk at Cape Schanck Lighthouse, where hubby and I stayed.
    Rugged coastline... the energy and power is pure exhilaration!
    Wish I could be back there right now.

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    1. Vicki; exhilaration is the perfect word, just what I felt when the wind was buffeting me. I do so love windy clifftops.

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  9. Whew! Great photography, my stomach is still turning. I never realized just how bad my vertigo was! I would not want to go there ...

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    1. S.J.Qualls; luckily I'm not bothered by vertigo, I love to be up high, which would be risky with vertigo. I spent a lot of my childhood climbing way up high in the trees near my home.

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  10. Bee-u-ti-ful! I sure wish I didn't live about a million miles from Australia! LOL

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    1. BECKY; it's well worth visiting if you ever get the chance.

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  11. I am pleased you are able to enjoy such privileges - but for me Hiking and other things ending with king are a long gone exersise.

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    1. Vest; perhaps a gentle stroll along a beach instead then.

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  12. What a wonderful selection of beautiful views you've presented us with today River.
    I once would have enjoyed walking that trail but, like Vest, even my walKING days are long gone. It is to people like yourself that I look to take me to see lovely things for which many thanks.

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    1. Mimsie; I'm happy to take you along via the internet, you get the joy without the huffing and puffing.

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  13. wow...that trail worked your quads, huh.

    Really nice shots.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler; quads and calves, lungs too. It was really great! I probably won't take the camera next time.

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  14. I would love to try this path, we will have to try and make an Adelaide trip happen within the next year or so.

    One of my favourite boardwalks over in Adelaide was always the St Kilda Mangroves. A quick google shows me they have completely redone the playground out there, as well. I loved the tram museum too.

    I've been looking into the Blue Mountains as we will stop there on the way home from our Gold Coast trip in October. I have never been there, and they have a thing called the giant staircase. It has 900 steps. I would never have considered attempting it this time last year, but now I think I could do it *and* enjoy it. :)

    When I started out walking at the start of this year, 5km seemed like too far. Now most days if we head out for a walk I want to do 10km minimum - today we did 13.

    I do feel a lot better overall within myself. I now think getting fitter is worth the effort. :)

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    1. I wanted to try the St Kilda walk when I first read about it, but buses and trains don't go near enough for me to get to it.
      Now that I've found this one, I'm happy because I get to see the ocean as well :D
      I think I could do 900 steps, but I can't say how long it would take me, maybe a day or two (*~*)
      Getting fitter is definitely worth it. I can't believe how unfit I've let myself get :(

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  15. Really lovely scenery there and a steep walk up thise steps...too steep for me..you did well to go as far as you did.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel; so much of our country's coastline is beautiful.

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  16. Such beautiful photos but I know I'd be too chicken to try that walk--not even for the cormorants. Good for you for being so brave!!!

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    1. Kathleen Valentine; welcome to drifting. The cormorants were a bonus, I wasn't expecting to see them, nor so many. The walk is fabulous, it helps that I'm not afraid of heights at all.

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  17. Beautiful pictures. I love trails and paths for both walking and seeing pictures of. Anything dealing with steps is quite a workout and I appreciate that there are rest stops along that particular trail.

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    1. Cheryl; I wasn't expecting all the steps and I really surprised myself with how far I walked/climbed. The rest stops were very welcome.

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  18. For Idaho girl who hardly see the oceans. I'm looking at the Pacific or Indian ocean.

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    1. peppylady (Dora); the ocean you are looking at is the Gulf of St Vincent, in South Australia, which feeds into the Southern Ocean, down under Australia.

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  19. I love how they don't let people build houses RIGHT on the water's edge and hog the beaches for themselves.

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