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Nowra NSW 2541

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"... a little slower!"

by Dot Gallagher

We are nearing the end of Year 2 of the Andante group of walkers. In Year 1 there seemed to be a feeling that to walk on Andante you needed a walking frame - numbers were low, with some walks failing.

2004 has seen a big improvement in numbers, with the highest for any walk being 30! People have had various reasons for joining us Andantes - "close to home", "need to finish early" etc - some just because they liked where we were going. It adds variety to our usual clientele.

We are indebted to people from other groups who "downsized" to lead an Andante walk, although most of our leaders have been our regulars. When there is added interest eg. Minka Garden or history per Lauri, Ray and Russ especially, the enjoyment is greatly enhanced.

Highlights have included the Minka Garden (St Georges Basin walk), Mt Bushwalker (took 2 attempts to get the weather right), and the Spit to Manly, but every walk has been wonderful, visiting favourite places and trying out new ones, thanks to our leaders, and the walkers who came with us.

(Ettremist - November 2004)