Did I drop uni work and go for a walk today? Yes. Do I regret it? No. This Sunday was one of those days were despite all the piles of work I have to get done, I had to literally say stop and let my self de-stress for a day. Shawnee suggested the day before that we should do this walk, and by the next morning there was no doubt we were going to have to do it, to take our minds of the dreadful prospects of dissertation and deadlines! I decided to bring along my field equipment though, just in case I spotted some of the plants I needed for my project (I ended up spotting one lousy plant). So on Sunday morning Shawnee, Max and I took the train down to Minnamurra and headed off on our walk towards Kiama, via spectacular cliffs and beaches with beautiful ocean views. The sky was blue, bright and warm, but a strong ocean breeze kept us cool. The walk started with walking up a headland that looked out onto Minnamurra river, Rangoon Island and out to sea. Onwards we walked along Jones Beach before dumping our bags on a rock and walking around the rock pools at Cathedral rocks. On the cathedral rock a gang of Australian darters and gulls were drying out in the afternoon sun. Onwards we passed “The Boneyard” and over another headland before stopping for lunch by Kiama beach and watching the surfers catch a wave. After lunch we continued along the beach before passing over scary rock pools underneath towering cliff fronts to reach the quaint town of Kiama. Here we went to see the light house and the Kiama blowhole (although the sea was too calm for there to be any action) before ending the day with a delicious ice cream (strawberry summer and mango icream) before heading back on the train. An incredibly needed day of relaxation and fresh air. I feel ready for a good night sleep now and ready for a great start next week.