A Hike from Cape Solander to Botany Cove

Monday, February 13, 2017
Cape Baily Track Sydney Australia Hiking
Cape Baily Track Sydney Australia Hiking
Cape Baily Track Sydney Australia Hiking
Cape Solander to Botany Cove Hike Walk Australia
Cape Solander to Botany Cove Hike Walk Australia
Tabbigai Gap Sydney Australia Coastal Walk
Tabbigai Gap Sydney Australia Coastal Walk
Tabbigai Gap Sydney Australia Coastal Walk
Tabbigai Gap Sydney Australia Coastal Walk
Cape Solander to Botany Cove Hike Walk Australia
Cape Solander to Botany Cove Hike Walk Australia
Cape Solander to Botany Cove Hike Walk Australia
Cape Baily Track Sydney Australia Hiking

A Hike from Cape Solander to Botany Cove, NSW Australia. Photos taken by me and Hai with my Canon 70D DSLR. and 30mm lens.

This has got to be one of the most prettiest coastal walk I've ever done in Sydney.

Starting from the end of Cape Solander Drive, you immediately overlook a whale watching platform that has a view to die for - just light sandy cliffs that stretch out and an endless sea. Although the trail is not marked, you turn to the right and start following the cliffs heading towards south.
This coastal walk is considered a medium grade trail and takes about 3 hours for a return trip.
We followed the rock platforms hugging the cliff edges towards some sandy paths. Then I turned away from the edge and walked towards a deep traverse known as Tabbigai Gap.
Me, Lisa, Sang and Hai scrambled over some rocks to get to the ocean and it was well worth it. It was a good opportunity to spend a few good minutes taking in the sounds of the waves crashing and to appreciated the cool sea breeze on my face.
We reached some sand dunes at the top, and we trekked over it to reach the track again. After the second dune we could see the Cape Baily Lighthouse. We walked up the short sandy track to have some lunch at the foot of it . We prepared Japanese rice balls with tuna and salmon, some spicy and some plain.
We returned to the main path and followed the rock platforms towards Botany Cove and Cronulla Beach. We didn't reach the beach though - we were fascinated by some sort of photoshoot on the other side of the cliff.
Some poor lady walked a good ten minutes to get to us and tell us we were in  the background of their shot. We had to move away quickly after that.
The walk back felt quick as the coastal breeze continued to cool us down. We rewarded ourselves with some frozen Mcdonalds' coke and chicken nuggets.

Sydney, you've done it again. Thank you for an amazing hike!


An Engagement Announcement

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Engagement Announcement Jeep Wrangler
Engagement Announcement The Twelve Apostles Australia
Engagement Announcement The Twelve Apostles Australia GoPro

Photos taken by Hai using Gopro Hero 5 Camera

I fell in love with him a few months after I met him. And then a few months later he called me his girlfriend. Soon, we celebrated our first and second year anniversaries at nice restaurants or on special hikes. We were together for our 28th, 29th and now 30th birthdays. I swore his cargo pants will never grow on me, and he said he would never love my dogs. I did love his Jeep though, and he loved my freshly baked Anzac cookies.
When I first tried his famous fried chicken, my eyes went wide and I said "This is marriage material". He never let that go and for the next three years we had a running joke that I'd never get the secret recipe until we were married.
And I always reminded him I wanted to be engaged before I was thirty. He always said "I know" and kissed me. Then we decided to celebrate our 2 and a half year anniversary and 30th Birthday in Victoria. Hai proposed to me at Lake Reeve, a 10 hour drive from Sydney. When I said yes, he said "I also wanted to get engaged before I was 30, too". And inside the ring box, was Hai's secret chicken recipe.

I know what you read just now, probably felt like I put a bunch of messy sentences together. I don't know. I tried to think of a more poetic way of telling the story of how me and Hai fell in love and got engaged, but I'm stuck.
In the end, sometimes photos tell better stories than words.
You can see in these photos, that I love this man, and I love how happy he makes me. My world is a thousand times better when he is by my side, no matter how many times I declare I need "space".
We are adventurous, love to laugh together and adore the outdoors.

To finish off my randomly written blog post - I simply can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you Hai. I knew we were meant to be from the moment I realized I hated your cargo pants (and knew they were never going to go away). Thank you Hai, for asking me to be your wife.
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