The Guidebook gives the Plonkhole a bit of a wrap, or maybe we just love the swamp vegetation? And Harris River also sounded interesting. We weren't planning to put lunch off till camp, but we walked in good time so it worked out that way. It was a disappointing day for me today, as I seemed to be in a bad mood for most of it after missing a turn: silly; but the glorious flowers around Harris River and the Orchids at the campsite put me right again.
Beautiful morning with sun rising out of the mist over Opossum Spring to blue skies and fluffy white clouds.
We are finally going to see the thing that has been making all that noise for days; still shudder at the thought of that lost Indian family blindly following this noise... and the Long Gully Bridge! There's certainly a bit of up and down today, the Guidebook describing it as "a degree of challenge"
It took quite a few readings of today's walk in the Guidebook before we realised that the Long Gully Bridge was not going to be crossed today (the photo is in today's section, rather than the next). The Guidebook does warn of slippery tracks, Marron fishermen and rain: so we'll need to be careful!. It's a shorter day today, and we intend to walk down to the river at Driver Road for lunch before ascending to Dookanelly campsite.
Today we head back out into the bush after being refuelled in spirit, soul, body and supplies. The Guidebook doesn't paint today in gorgeous colours: Pine Plantations, Blackberries and swamps all colour our expectations. But it certainly will be nice to leave town behind again. Looking forward to really using our new wet weather gear: I love walking in the rain when you're well protected.
Terry was right about the weather: it was a wild night where the storm woke me up it was so violent! And we got the greatest shock getting out of the tent to find that we were in the middle of an inland sea!
Today promises a longish day, but one that should be relatively easy as it's so flat into Dwellingup. We're looking forward to some fresh food and hopefully we'll be able to fit afternoon tea in before Mass. We're pretty pleased that all our hard work has paid off and that we'll be able to get to Mass tonight! We have so much to be thankful for...
Sandi is looking forward to the frogs and the ephemeral pools on top of White Horse Hills this morning... It's not a huge day today, which ends at Mt Wells. We'll be very interested to see the Mt Wells hut as it gets a lot of bad press amongst the walkers: it surely can't be as bad as they say?
This was one of Sandi's favourite days, once we got through the first horrid bit across the highway and past the plantation. Getting over the Albany Highway felt like a huge step on our journey, like losing sight of land when sailing off. We're planning to have morning tea on top of Boonerring Hill, which we'll climb without our packs.
We look forward to one of our longest, and probably hardest days today: yet another "double-hutter", but we were intent on thoroughly enjoying the "challenging and spectacular" Mt Cooke before the run into North Bannister (and our steak), on one of the flattest sections on the track. A last minute decision late last night to start early because of intended rain and to ensure we didn't miss closing time at Three-Ways Roadhouse meant that we set the alarm on Sandi's mobile phone.