Every walk on Macca starts with a hill and today Lewis “two steps” Firth, John “ The Machine Walker” Burgess and myself Daniel “Many Steps” Mizza were heading out for our field training for the first time.
The weather was amazing compared to the day before (good choice to postpone the walk) from 3.3°C to a maximum of 8.5°C, 20 knots and easing, high cloud and no rain forecast: perfect start to the weekend.
So up the first hill to everywhere on Macca is Doctors and I think it’s called that ‘cause that’s what you need when you get up there…
The view back down to the station and beyond from there is just stunning. But no standing around, we had walking to do.
First stop was going to be Sandy Bay and Brothers Point Hut for lunch. Just outside of the turn off to the hut we ran into Rocket the master chef of Macca on his way back from his trip around to a few huts over the past few days. Quick chat and he was on his way home.
We made our way down to Sandy Bay to check out the royal penguin colony there and sat down for a quick break and a heap of photos of all the new chicks that have just hatched and are still hatching. Along the beach to Brothers Point Hut we saw king penguins in their moulting stage and the same with the elephant seals.
The Smartie shaped hut is a perfect little spot to chill out for the weekend but we only stopped there for a quick bite for lunch and then moved onto the west side of the island to Bauer Bay Hut for the night.
So up another hill we went to get across the island. It’s not a long walk to Bauer Bay but you guessed it: another hill to get down into the bay. Once we got to the hut we went through the list of things that need to be done to open the hut and soon had the kettle on for a cuppa and biscuits.
We then went for a walk along the beach to check out the locals and take many photos before my battery ran out!
Dinner time now and Fray Bentos was on the menu for me — thanks to Chris “Scottish” George for getting me onto them last season. You would've been proud of me Chris!
Fed and relaxed, it was bed time and get ready for the walk home in the morning.
Sunday was another beautiful day and it was a pleasure walking home but I was feeling the pain from yesterday’s walk, the old knees were feeling it!
Up and down a few hills and a couple of knee deep mud holes and we were at the top of Doctors looking down to the coast and we watched the cruise ship leaving with tourists and a few of our mates heading home; we got a few more mates off the ship for a science program they are running.
The walk and training we got from John were fantastic and I’m looking forward to getting back out for another walk across the big green sponge as soon as I can!