One of the good things about being dogless is that I have more freedom in my choice of walking routes.
This week I walked through the Noosa National Park, at my doorstep, around the coastline via Ti Tree Bay, Granite Bay, The Fairy Pools, Dolphin Point, planning to walk all the way to Sunshine Beach. Don't the beaches and bays have colourful names? All except our main tourist beach which is called - well, Main Beach.
This walk would take my Japan-walk buddy and I across Alexander Beach, Noosa's unofficial nudist beach. It is quite possible to walk this long, wide swathe of sandy beach without having to view (if you would prefer not to) the varied anatomy of beach goers there, but it always amazes me that there are inevitably one or two men who just have the burning need to tear down helter skelter from the sand dunes across the hot sand, to right where you are walking, and then saunter past you whilst the crown jewels sparkle in the sunshine.
But by the time we reached Hell's Gates, a rocky headland with dangerous swirling cauldrons in rough seas, we were hot, and decided to forgo the remainder of the walk in lieu of a good cup of coffee back at Main Beach.
It was a wise choice because I managed to snap these glimpses of the park shoreline through the trees as I walked along the coastal track.
Leaving, the sky was dull and drizzly...
Pandanus trees at Little Cove Beach
Surfers enjoying the waves at Ti Tree Bay
The aerial roots of the Pandanus Tree
A stand up paddler going for a wave.
One last rise to climb before we smell the coffee.