Sunday, July 30, 2006

Heartbreak Hill

As I've mentioned before, we're going to enter the City to Surf fun run which is only two weeks away!

My brother decided that it would be a good idea to have a look at the steepest section of the race, fondly referred to as "Heartbreak Hill", so that we would have an idea of what we were getting ourselves into (now I'm not so sure that it was a good idea!!). So we drove to Rose Bay and walked up that part of the course, along New South Head Road. It was fairly steep, but not too gruelling... today anyway. On actual race day, one has to run/walk 7km (with some smaller hills along the way) before you get to this point. Ack! Well, at least the view near the top is breathtaking (boom boom).

Since we'd driven out all that way, we thought we might as well grab some lunch while we were there. So we picked up a barbecue chook, some bread rolls and salad and found a small park/beach near Woollahra Sailing Club and had a nice little picnic. What a view of the enormous houses along the waterfront, and in the background of the picture here with Dante in it, you can see the huge campuses of Kambala and Kincoppal-Rose Bay Schools. (Two private girls' schools, one Anglican, one Catholic, at the top of the hill with magnificent views and regal sandstone buildings).

The kids had a wonderful time playing in the sand and getting their feet wet a little bit. There was a sea-plane which came in to land and take off a couple of times, and a small wooden boat ramp which the boys enjoyed running up and down. Atticus tried to copy every thing that Dante did, following him around wherever he ran. Abigail was fearless and her father did everything he could to stop her running straight into the water. Eventually her parents lost out, and she got just a little bit drenched (at least they'd managed to take off her shoes before she went for her dunk)! Some more photos are on my flickr account.

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