Rocky Bay Caravan Park, 19th-21st July 2013

Report & photos courtesy of Keith Ashton

Thirteen of us enjoyed a great weekend at Rocky Bay, well organised & led by Dave Coward.

We had perfect weather, fantastic scenery & beach walks plus swimming for some & of course the beautiful Umdoni Park Trails & very enjoyable lunches, plenty of socialising & a braai etc - what more could you want.

The coast in winter is an excellent venue, something different to hiking in the Berg & more leisurely for a change.

The following photos speak for themselves - Thanks Dave for organising such an enjoyable weekend & thanks to all our participants for your company & friendship.

1. Early morning view from our campsite
2. Sandy & Margaret chatting prior to our Saturday beach walk to Pennington
3. Part way to Pennington
4. Taking in the view & enjoying the sun
5. Snack time for Annie,Pat,Christie & Carolee
6. Swim time for Brian, Sandy, Linda & Jeff en-route to Pennington
7. Still swim time for some
8. Lunch or snacks in the Pennington Conservancy
9. Oyster Catcher also looking for lunch
10. Some of our hardy members walking back to Rocky Bay - others took Dave's Kombi
11. More fishermen than fish caught today
12. Beware the Rocky Bay sea monster when swimming
13. If you didn't believe the first photo here it is again - no trick photography
14. One of the many Dassie's at Rocky Bay
15. Enjoying the Sat night braai & drinks
16. Can't get a camp site closer to the beach than this - wonderful
17. Starting our Sunday walk in the Umdoni Nature Reserve 18. Having a break near the dam whilst Dave & Brian recce the overgrown route through the gorge
19. Ready for off again down into the gorge
20. First river crossing in the Umdoni gorge
21. A lovely walk through the gorge indigenous forest
22. Lovely big trees in the gorge
23. Still in the gorge along the river
24. A bit of gorge tightrope walking was necessary at times
25. Also a bit of scrambling required in the gorge
26. Back across the river before our steep climb out of the gorge
27. Nice detour to the view site looking down into the gorge
28. Our group at the gorge view site
29. Looking down into the gorge
30. Looking down to our lunch spot in the golf course clubhouse
31. What a magnificent spot for the clubhouse
32. Cell phone tree tower
33. A donated bench in memory of a past Chairman & President of the Umdoni Park Trust & Golf Course
34. A close-up of the bench plaque
35. Carolee checking her waist before we all tuck-in to a delicious fish & chips lunch
36. Carolee enjoying her lunch - as you can see Linda awaits hers being served