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Currumbin Beach, South East Queensland.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

FITNESS IN THE FOREST

Come and get fit with me on my morning walk. I open the door and its nice and cool at 6:30 am. I walk down the street for a few hundred metres and then enter a park. The concrete path winds through the bush and starts climbing up the hill. I skirt along the back of some houses and cross over a bridge above a quiet road and then enter the Springwood Conservation Park. Now the climb gets steeper and steeper until I'm on top of a ridge overlooking a gorge.
  Now the path drops down to the floor of the gorge.


  We have had some much needed rain and the little creek has some water again.

 Now comes the fun part. We have to climb out of the gorge up to the other side. There are only 150 steep steps. Are you ready?


You may have to stop for a breather and admire the beauty around you before we tackle some more steps. After a few days you can do it without stopping.

 Almost at the top. Your heart is pumping and you are breathing heavy.

Now it is an easy walk along the top of the gorge and then down the hill home. It takes me an hour but you just did it in a few minutes. Well done. Tomorrow we can do it all again.

34 comments:

whiteangel said...

Diane that is my kind of walk. Lovely place for you to go, don't know how I would tackle the climb with my asthma, probably do it good :)

Gosia said...

Diane, you will be in a great shape.I don't like running but I practise yoga every day and cycling during holidays.

Sandra said...

so jealous over your walk to the park and through that fantastic park and back home... love it.. but maybe the steps not so much, but they are beautiful.

Andrew said...

Thanks, but I have too much stuff on to join tomorrow.

Carole DeAngeli said...

What a glorious place for a morning walk, steep steps and all! Thanks for taking me along.

Kay said...

What a beautiful area you have to walk in. I go into the canyons around where I live with my dog Hiker and we walk the trails there, but we are so dry from not having much rain in the past 3 years. The bushes are brown and there is no water in the creeks. You are lucky.

TexWisGirl said...

great looking area! glad you've had good rain! we need some in texas already.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Do you do this walk every morning Diane.. no wonder you're in such fab shape! I would gladly do a walk like this, I'm a huge fan of steps, they are soooo good for the derriere :) I made Aimee climb every step in Europe, she was convinced I was trying to kill her :) If I could I would definitely join you on this one!

eileeninmd said...

A gorgeous place for a walk. I sure did enjoy it too. And my legs are not even hurting, that is the best part. Enjoy your weekend!

Rose ~ from Oz said...

-chcukle- I'll remember Grace's advice!
Wonderful walk Diane, I had the name mixed up with 'SpringBROOK' for a second, I've been there.
A great walk, lucky you!

DeniseinVA said...

I am absolutely exhausted Diane but that sure was a pretty walk you took us on ;)

RoeH said...

Nice. Although I don't like stairs in life.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A beautiful walk -- I absolutely love living where there is a nature area close enough to walk to (this is true for us in Florida and in Oregon as well). Now I should get out there and walk ... because as beautiful as yours is, reading it reall won't help me get fit. Will it?

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Oh I used to love to go for a walk through the bush near my home took me half and hour to get to the bush then I would walk through it and home again all up it would take about an hour and half but I loved it, I hope to get back in to it by the end of the year at the moment I am managing to go for a simple half hour walk each morning which is something I will have to work up to the bush walk again

Cynthia said...

That is a workout with all those steps and will certainly keep us fit. I don't know why, but I'm not even breathing hard. :-)

George said...

That's the problem with hiking (walking) down -- you usually have to hike back up. But I will admit I don't feel the least bit tired from this workout. I did enjoy the scenery, however.

Buttons said...

Oh I would love doing this exercising with you it is my kind of workout the scenery is spectacular. Hug B

Pauline said...

The sort of walk that is good for the soul as well as the body. I'm in awe of you happily tackling those steps - I don't do steps or steep hills very well.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Oh yeh I like doing walks this way. I have never done our waterfall walk without stopping dozens of times and think I have only ever done it once without complaining :-)

Gattina said...

A beautiful morning walk, but the steps ! I am already tired looking at the pictures. I think you need a dog to walk with you, lol !

biebkriebels said...

6.30, you are an early bird! Can't remember when I got up so early :)

Betsy Adams said...

Thanks... I needed that exercise this morning --as I sit here at the computer drinking my coffee.... ha ha... That does look like a perfect place for a morning walk. Walking is our exercise also...

Hugs,
Betsy

Rhodesia said...

How I wish I could join you, it would be such fun to walk with you each morning. I am sure we would never stop talking though so we would be doubly breathless :-)) Keep well Diane

Filip Demuinck said...

Great forest for a hike.

Greetings,
Filip

Susan said...

A total workout - and great fun!
Could almost smell the fresh earthy perfume.
Beautiful spot for your daily walks, thanks for sharing Diane :D)

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Ok now that I have had a morning walk, perhaps I can skip going to the Y this morning. But it's raining here now so I will make the trip anyway. Those steps did look daunting, and I would surely be stopping to admire the scenery at least once or twice.

Carol-Ann said...

I'm so proud of you Mum! Dad should walk with you more too. X

Michele Unger said...

That is one beautiful walk! Wish I could meet you at 6:30 and walk with you.

What Karen Sees said...

I think I could get fit if I could take this walk every day! Such beauty that you don't have time to think that you are actually doing something that is good for you!!

Alicia Cook said...

After all the years of living not far from here I never knew this park existed, I always thought it was inacessible bushland. Thanks for sharing.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

I would love to walk here, but not so keen on so many steps though. Gorgeous green refreshing surrounds

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Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This is a good walk, Diane! I like the shade and coolness you have from all the trees. The steps would not be my favorite part--I's huff and puff going up hill or up steps, but I know they are a wonderful work out.

Carletta said...

A beautiful place to walk and if I had something that close I'd be in good shape. :)