Today in Australia it’s been Father’s Day. To celebrate the day our family went on a Harbour Hike. It was an event organised by The Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences (SIMS) and it was an 11km (7 mile) hike around the Sydney Harbour foreshore. The walk started under the Harbour Bridge and ended in Clifton Gardens where there were activities including face painting, kayaking, rafting, live music and the Zoo had some reptiles you could handle (if you like handling reptiles!) I declined to handle the snakes and instead went kayaking with Alfie and Archie.
All week I had been telling the teenagers that the walk was on and I gave them plenty of plenty of notice and many reminders and while Arabella was enthusiastic Archie’s head was all over the place and for some reason he couldn’t quite remember the walk was on. He did have a late night as he was working as a barman at the fancy dress birthday party Carl and I went to so he didn’t have a lot of sleep but no less than me. We did try earnestly to wake him several times but he was very reluctant and as we had a 10am start under the bridge we had to drag him from his bed and throw him under the shower and tell him to get moving. He stayed in the shower until the bathroom was so full of steam he couldn’t be seen and we thought he’d gone missing and when he did emerge we told him he had to get into the car because we were now running late. ‘But mum, I haven’t had any breakfast’.
‘Too bad Archie, you should have got up earlier when we asked you to get up so just get in the car, we’ve got to go’.
‘Mum, I’ll be right there. I just need to get something to drink. I’ve got time for a drink haven’t I?’
‘Okay, grab a drink. But I’ll be in the car and you’ve got 30 seconds or we’re driving off without you’. So I walked out to the car and started time-keeping. My phone rang.
‘Mum, there’s a bar-be-cue chicken in the fridge. Can I just have some?’
‘There’s nothing else I can eat in the car.’
‘Okay, just hurry up’. So a few seconds later Archie came out to the car with a chicken breast in his hands that he ate on the way to the Harbour Bridge. We arrived 15 minutes late.
We did the hike in beautiful Spring conditions with clear blue skies and no wind and temperatures in the low 20’s (70F). It was a very beautiful and extremely scenic walk that we all enjoyed and would love to do again. When we arrived at the picnic grounds of Clifton Gardens we ordered lamb and rosemary sausages in bread rolls and wagyu beef burgers for lunch.
Of course it seems no outing is complete these days without me running into the ex-boyfriend so yes, he was there too. Bumped into him just as I finished the hike and didn’t worry that I was looking fairly ordinary as he wasn’t looking too flash himself.
The SIMS Harbour Hike will be on again next year. If you’re in the area or visiting the area, I would really recommend it.