Shepparton Adventure Club members enjoyed a mid-week walk at Moira Park on Wednesday, January 22.February 17, 2014 4:35am
Following a week of searing temperatures, the mid-week walkers, who met at the library car-park, were heartened by the weather forecast of 33°C with gentle southerly breezes.
A small but enthusiastic group of six took the short drive to Belstack Strawberry Farm.
With cars parked, we set off on a short loop walk in a southerly direction along the banks of the Goulburn River under the river red gums part of Shepparton Regional Park.
A break for morning tea on what felt like a sand-bar, despite the absence of sand, allowed us to study the free-flowing Goulburn River, Victoria’s longest and largest.
As the river made its 654 km journey from Woods Point to the Murray, walkers reminisced on rural childhoods, complete with telephone exchanges, party lines and community life.
On the walk back to the starting point we strolled along a channel bank which afforded us views of the extensive gardens surrounding a property formerly established and owned by the parents of our mid-week walk co-ordinator.
Energised by our completion of the loop walk, we set off on a 6.5 km circular walk along vehicular tracks, still under the dappled shade of gums.
After a short pause at Moira Park Scout Camp, now completely restored following senseless vandalism, we continued the circuit — stopping occasionally to shoot unidentified birds with a Nikon camera.
Back at the strawberry farm surrounds, we sat at rustic tables and benches, well weathered following their construction by Kialla Apexians in 1991, and enjoyed lunch.
Now, in the full heat of the day, the air was filled with the distinctive summer sound of cicadas.
Referred to as the suicidal lovers of the insect world, male cicadas risk death by predators in their desperate attempts to attract a mate during their short life-span.
Ignoring the plight of the cicadas, we retired to the Bellstack restaurant and turned our attention to strawberry ice-creams and milkshakes.
Many thanks to Barb Brown for her excellent leadership which involved forward planning and reconnaissance work.
Thanks also to fellow walkers, Howard, Di and Marg for your company and good cheer.
— Graeme and Kerry Betts
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