Hiking Lizard Island

Brad led the brave and the fit up the steep and rocky path on Lizard Island to the summit, called Cook’s Look. We set out at 6am before sunrise, so we could beat the heat. Good plan, as we all got sweaty and winded even as the sun was rising.  I commented to Lori, “When the Aussies say this hike it for the “fit,” double it.  We were all amazed by how difficult it was. At a beautiful lookout half way up, we looked out to the nearby islands and saw a rainbow arching from a white cloud to the blue-blue water. We persevered to the top, where the early explorer James Cook (circa 1770) had climbed to look for a break in the fringe reef and a good way out for his ship the Endeavor, which had been damaged on the reef.  We signed a guest book at the summit (protected from the rain by a plastic and a wooden box). Rumor has it that Prince William and Kate will be coming to Lizard Island for their honeymoon. Perhaps they will be signing the book next week! It was still treacherous on the descent, many steep steps down on the rocks and many steep rock faces to take baby steps sideways. Charlie slipped and fell on a sandy patch but luckily was not hurt, just bruised.  We made it back to the beach, where we could snorkel. Erin did. Charlie and I enjoyed some coffee and muffins and went around Watson’s Bay with Brad on the glass bottom boat.  The beach around Watson’s Bay is deserted and very beautiful.

See the rainbow behind us? "Is that shower coming this way?"
Showing our hike, some kind of steep by my standards...
Signing the guest book at Cook's Look. Erin and Lori read other entries.

Author: cathykellyphotography

Independent photographer based in Pittsburgh PA and Naples FL. Nature, landscape and portrait photography. Portfolio includes international work in USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Email cathykellyphotography@gmail.com to review work in your area of interest. Nature portfolio includes flowers and wildlife. Prints and digital files for sale. See website: www.cathykellyphotography.com.

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