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Week 5 of the Bibbulmun Trail

Thursday, May 02, 2013

We have left Pemberton behind and heading 121 miles (195km.) to Walpole. The first day we follow the Warren River and through the Kari Forest. We stopped for lunch by the Cascades. It was really gushing today because of all the rain, but not nearly as beautiful as it is in the winter when the waterfalls I hear tell, are amazing. We sit beside the river sharing some cheese and crackers we brought from town.

We passed by The Warren River Bridge that is the longest, curved wooden trestle bridge
still in use in Australia. While in Pemberton we road the tram and had a wonderful time. It was quite nice sitting down and enjoying the scenery for a change. My poor feet needed a break.

That night at the Warren River Campsite, Joan let out a scream, she had spotted something staring at her. I ran to her rescue ,expecting to find a deadly snake or maybe another redback spider. It was a cute little quokka, it resembles a small wallaby

After Joan realized what it was it was all Bonbon and I could do, to keep her from taking it with us. Kecey came to our rescue and Joan went to bed pouting. By the next morning she was singing and I fixed some chip beef gravy and biscuits which we all enjoyed.

We made it into Northcliffe, and was able to enjoy a nice meal at Hollow Butt,. After getting pass the name, and it was the only place open in town we enjoyed a huge burger. ( how they got that name?) is beyond me because after eating that size burger there was nothing on me hollow, if you get my drift.----grin This is a very small farming community. I enjoyed my first mango smoothie in the form of flavored milks. It was very tasty. And as we were leaving we all were givin fresh eggs. Very hospitable of them and so we found a safe place to carry them in our back pack and would hard boil them when we stop for lunch. We are travelling through Shannon National Park and in many places the trail is covered with water. We had to stop and get our wading boots on and tredge through, in a few places I thought we were going to have to swim. And oh my the leeches---- Joan and I kept checking each other to make sure none lingered on us. Now, that was the pits!

Day 4
Today the wind blew, it blew so bad that we couldn't get a fire lit to fix breakfast so had to settle with a fruit and nut bar. As soon as we find a sheltered area we will get the cuppa ready. Sandra is having a tissy fit without her morning coffee emoticon and Ann wants tea.
The grounds are starting to be more grassy and sandy. as we near the dunes. I got my compass and maps out just in case. You just never can tell if the trail has changed some. With all this wind and sand anything could go wrong. OH, can you smell it. I can smell the sea. I love the ocean, the mist, the salt even the sea gulls. With promises of being on the ocean we keep going----we will get there ---- Everywhere we look is coastal wildflowers. How amazing the view is----Its like being in the wild wild west!
Kacey spotted a small ---- well you figure it out.
And with this I will say good nigh, and make sure our tent is zipped tight
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    1266 days ago
  • JILL313
    Another great blog Gail. . .I loved reading about your Australian adventure and it sounds like you're still having a blast. Great pictures that illustrate perfectly just what you're seeing there. The Tram ride looks like fun and the little guy that scared Joanie is just adorable. I'd love to be on this Trek with you and hope in the future I'll feel up to "traveling" again. Enjoy the rest of your Trek. . .You've had an amazing adventure and your blog about it is very realistic and fun to read.

    Love You,

    1270 days ago
    I'm with Ann. Tea for me. LOL.
    1270 days ago
    I LOVE this blog. It is so fascinating. I would travel to Australia, but I am not fit and can barely walk, so reading this second hand is wonderful.

    That quokka is really cute.
    1271 days ago
    lovely blog, Gail......even if you did try to get me in trouble once again......*snicker* as if I really needed any help.....;p love the pics of the tramway... ahhh, and the quokka.....*grin* is adorable and just makes you want to cuddle him...or her as the case may any rate, no cuddling for me, especially not at $10, 000 way, no how.

    *grin* Ann, I'll take your word for it on the Thorny Devil. sure does look mean, but cool that he is not.
    1271 days ago
    Ahhhh!! He's lovely - and they are so peaceful -just sit on your hand and the spikes aren't hard - and look at the colouring - beautiful!!
    He's my Thorny Devil and he comes from sandy desert areas in warm climates. We have heaps in Central Australia!!
    1271 days ago
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