Trail Hike & Nude Beach
13 April 2019 | Karuah
Woke up around 6:30 when I heard one of the guests outside our door whistling. Tried to sleep more but sleep would not come. Decided to watch the news and get our wifi updates. Then Mark got his breakfast going. He had cereal and so did I. I also ate some canned peaches. Then we both showered. Left the motel before 10. Decided to drive back to Elizabeth and Shelly Beaches since Mark checked our logs and found out that that was the location where we anchored on our sail south to Sydney in December. Retraced our steps, and drove back to the Myall National Park. Parked the car and walked a long way on a path. Uphill for most of the way. Then down a path onto Shelly Beach. There was a sign for a Nude Beach and we saw one nude guy on the beach towards Elizabeth. Then headed in the opposite direction on the beach. There were paddlers in the water and some snorkelers too. It was already warming up. Much warmer than it's been. High around 27C today. We didn't stay too long. We had sprayed with plenty of bug spray for our walk thru the park. We saw one more guy get to the beach and unload his clothes...oh my! Mark said he would strip down and go for a swim, but I preferred swimming when we have our suits on. A helicopter came sweeping over our heads. I'm sure they were looking for some nude ladies on the beach, but not sure they found any. Took several pictures before climbing back up the hill. On the long walk back on the trail, we passed at least 7 people heading to the beach. They had a great day to be on the beach. It was a Saturday and kids were off school for the Easter break, so we expected more people at the beach. We drove to our destination in Karuah, following the hiway on the opposite side of the lakes that we passed by yesterday. We stopped at the Karuah Lake. Lots of boats anchored or moored off the shore. They had a nice bridge over the water and a park, which we stopped at. Made a few phone calls. Then Mark decided he was hungry. He said there were not that many cafes in Karuah, but we found many choices. Stopped at a cafe called, Munchies. We both ordered a burger with the works. That meant bacon, egg, cheese, slices of pineapple, beets and tomato and lettuce. I only ate some of the bun. Mark ordered a flat white while I stuck with water. We both agreed that it was the best burger we have had lately. It was early afternoon, but we decided to see if we could get into our room at the Karuah Garden Inn. It worked out that our room was ready, so we checked in and unloaded our bags. Thankfully, we could park right outside our door. Started watching some tv. Took a short nap. Around 3 pm, we watched the Sydney horse race with a famous horse named, Winx, who had won the previous 32 races. This was Winx last race. She started out the race close to the bottom of the pack, but then worked up with his great speed and won the race. Everyone was happy. The racetrack was full of well dressed folks out to see this special race. It reminded me of the Kentucky Derby Race. Then we used our motel wifi to check the qualifying results from the China F1 Race. Bottas, Hamilton and Vettel qualified at the top. We will see if anyone broadcasts the actual race tomorrow in Sydney. It's off times here and the race is shown on a premium channel, which not many pay for. Enjoyed a very relaxing day. We drove over to the Karuah RSL Club for dinner around 6 pm. Our motel gave us a card which got us member prices for food and drinks. We ordered the chicken stir fry with veggies and fried rice. Mark also added some garlic bread. It was way too much food. The place was pretty full with lots of families with small children. They gave us a password for their wifi. Then it was getting full in the cafe, so we decided to head over to their game room. They were showing the Masters golf tournament from the US as well as some local Aussie Rules Football games. Quite a few people in the bar area. Mark picked a machine. I was going to take the one to his right, but it rejected my cash. So, I took the machine to his left. I was happy for the payouts and ended up $4 and cashed out. Mark was up some but played his winnings down while he waited for me. At least we did not give them any money today. We are only a few hours north of Sydney. We plan to take our time and arrive by dinner. Looking forward to meeting up with our Canadian cousins. Thanks for your emails and messages. Great to hear from you. Enjoy the weekend!