Three Days, Three Walks
After arriving in the Blue Mountains on Tuesday, Dean and I wasted no time bushwalking and exploring the area.
After taking two hours to descend and walk down the Furber Steps, we cheated and hopped on board the Scenic World Cableway and had an easy ride out of the valley.
But our day didn’t stop there.
Having paid for an unlimited day pass, we rode the Scenic World Skyway across the valley, walked around to Echo Point, rode back across the valley and then headed down again on board the Scenic World Railway. We explored the Scenic World Walkway, visiting the Rainforest Room and the Old Miner Hut and finally caught the Scenic World Cableway back up.
Our little adventure ended with us walking back to the caravan park around 3:30 pm. It was a big day.
I needed a day of rest on Thursday. After more than six hours of walking the day before, my legs didn’t want to cooperate at all and we took the opportunity to explore the Katoomba township.
Friday saw us brave the seemingly insurmountable.
Again we headed out just before 9:00 am, this time in the opposite direction, heading to the left from the Katoomba Falls Kiosk, past the Katoomba Cascades and once again around to Echo Point. We then walked down to the Honeymoon Bridge and across to the First Sister. From there we descended the Giant Stairway, there are 900 steps in total, and onto Federal Pass and around the base of the Three Sisters, back to where we had been on Tuesday.
At this point, I made a decision that didn’t take me too long to regret. I decided to walk up the Furber Steps, and just to set the record straight, the photo above is one section only. Remember, I said earlier that it took us two hours to descend on Wednesday. At times I’ve found the going hard, actually, at one point it was so hard I thought I’d have to ask Dean to get the SES to chopper me out of the valley. But . . . I soldiered on, huffing and puffing like crazy and sucking in the O’s as quickly as my lungs could handle, feeling sick, sweating like crazy and thinking to myself “What AM I doing?”
As slow as the going was, I felt proud of my efforts even though, when I finally reached the top at 1:00 pm, I struggled to walk the 50 paces to the caravan park and then had to lie down and have a rest to recharge the batteries.
Today, Saturday, after a short drive back along the highway to Wentworth Falls, Dean and I took a shorter but just as rewarding walk along, through and around the Undercliff, Overcliff Track. You can virtually go where ever you like through the maze of pathways and walkways. We made our way down to Wentworth Falls and then returned along the track in a slightly different direction, finally ascending up over the cliff and arriving back where we had parked the car.
We were glad, OK I was glad that our walk today was short and sedate compared to the previous two.
Tomorrow we will be heading off again, this time we have planned to walk along the Prince Henry Cliff Walk from where we are (over the road from the Katoomba Falls Kiosk) around to the Leura Cascades.
This will be a much longer walk, but I’m hoping it will be minus the steep stairs and sharp inclines that we have been punishing ourselves with.
OK, I’m the one who’s being punished, Dean just bounds along like a Jack Rabbit no matter what the incline in the path and I just struggle along behind wondering where he gets the energy and how he can keep going at the pace he does.