My Father’s Day weekend (Sept 4th, in Australia) was glorious. It was perfect in many ways. For one thing, I spent the weekend with my best friend (my wife, Teresa) and my two terrific children. Also, the weather was perfect, warm and sunny. But best of all, it was very active.
On Saturday, Teresa, Heather and I rode our bikes while Brian rode his scooter, from home to Lane Cove and back, a journey of 5 Km (3.5 miles) each way. Hats off to Brian (5), for pushing his scooter up all the hills along that way. At Lane Cove we had lunch and caught lots of Pokemon, playing Pokemon Go. We even caught our first Dragonite! If you aren’t up on your Pokemon, trust me, this was very exciting!
On Fathers Day, I was served my favorite breakfast, Teresa’s yummy homemade carrot muffins. Imagine moist, delicious carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, in a muffin, for breakfast! Yum!
After our delicious breakfast, we headed out for a nice long bushwalk. Our plan was to drive north for about 40 minutes, park at Cowan train station and catch the train to Wondabyne station, in the heart of Brisbane Waters National Park. My hope was to redo the hike the kids and I had done two months ago, this time with Teresa so she could experience the beautiful bushwalk to Cariong Brook Falls. I’m just realizing that I have yet to post a blog about that amazing hike. Okay, I’ve got some catching up to do. Nothing new, right?
Well, things didn’t turn out quite the way I’d hoped, but not for worse, thankfully. We missed the train to Wondabyne by maybe 5 minutes and the next one wasn’t for another hour. If we waited around for it, I don’t think we would’ve made it to the waterfall before we’d have to turn back. As I’ve often said, “When one door closes, another one opens”. That was the case on Fathers Day, as well, and the new door led us to a wonderful, fulfilling adventure.
Cowan train station just happens to be the starting point for one of my favourite hikes. It’s one we fondly call, “The Epic Bushwalk”, which follows a section of The Great North Walk. The Great North Walk is a 250 Km (160 mile) track, that goes from Sydney, north to Newcastle and crosses the train tracks at Cowan station and dives into the lush and beautiful Kuring Gai National Park. Our hike, goes from Cowan station to the town of Brooklyn and Hawkesbury River station, where we hop on the train back to our car.
I won’t go on about the details of the hike, which I’ve blogged about before here: http://rooneyadventures.com/?p=2477 and here: http://rooneyadventures.com/?p=2268. Instead, let’s dive in to the photos. I hope you enjoy!
And, here’s some video from the hike, as well. (Hint: click on the white triangle to start it playing)
The whole family takes on 'The Epic Bushwalk' for a lovely Father's Day outing. Our hike follows 13 Km of 'The Great North Walk', up and down three mountains as it winds through Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park.