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Oh it was so hard to wake up this morning. I slept through my alarms! I finally woke up and decided to go visit the Golden Valley Tree Park. So I made my way there getting directions from all the friendly Balingup natives. So far everyone here in Australia has been so friendly and helpful to me. I really don't feel like a stranger here.

It was very interesting to see the Golden Valley Homestead. It is a house that was refurnished back to the original house in the 1990's. The original house was actually built in the 1880's. The administration of the park is housed in the Organ Room in the house. It was beautifully refurnished and the attention to detail was well done.

There are two areas in the park. The 25 ha area is specifically for Australian trees only. It houses the incredible different trees. It starts with the ones specifically in WA then going on to the ones in the near areas and then ones from all over Australia including some that are only found in Australia. It includes some that are wide-spaced dry season deciduous trees as well! They even have over 30 different species of Oak.

The next area is 35 ha and is for trees from around the world. There are many extremely rare trees with some of them being 100 years old!

Golden Valley Tree Park was originally two different homesteads. Then the State wanted to make a Pine plantation. The Shire of Donneybrook-Balingup was extremely passionate against this and held numerous town meetings about it. In 1980 the Minister of Forests, Hon David Wordsworth agreed with all the people of the Shires and made an agreement with the Balingup Progress Association.

To this day there is huge community support for this park. There are many volunteers working at the park on a regular basis, they sponsor and plant new trees many times a year and have community picnic's and many fundraising functions throughout the year! Several of the committee members have been part of the park since the inception, 3 actually have familial ties to the land and only one is a newcomer.

The park helps with the economy by continually attracting tourists which is the mainstay of the area. The PAG actually has created a 1.5 km walk between Balingup and the park.

It was a very relaxing time walking about amongst the trees. I got in 1004 extra steps this day. I was able to get back to town and have another relaxing walk about town chatting up the locals.

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Oh what a night! It was wonderful to be clean and lay in a bed. Although I do love going to sleep looking up at the stars. I woke up so refreshed and wanted to go for a wander so I decided to go to the King Jarrah Heritage Trail. The bus ride was nice and it wasn't to far away. The King Jarrah's are so tall. They reminded me of our Sequoias in the USA as well as the Osugi Trees in Japan. All the trees are extremely tall, very old and very broad at the base. There is also a section of a Birth Tree that commemorates a very well know Noongar Stockman who was said to have an almost magical connection to horses.

It was a nice easy walk on relatively flat walkway. The trail was well maintained and marked. After an easy bus ride back I spent the rest of the day wandering around town looking at all the lovely little shops.

I walked 1842 steps extra as well as working at the Pet Expo. It is always fun and extremely busy on Saturdays.

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Friday, 15064 steps, 11 flights of stairs, 65 minutes cardio blast, 30 minutes stretching and strengthening from the PT lady, 30 minutes of picking up broken branches from the storm.

My Dad has had a heart attack. I will probably have to head to Spokane, WA later this week. Please pray for him. He has a form of leukemia and his kidneys are shutting down and there was blood in his stool. They are going to give him a transfusion which might help, but so far it's looking not so good. I'm a basket case. I think this qualifies as stress. You know it's going to happen some time, but you are never ready when it does. So if I go MIA you will know where I am.

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As we wake up in the morning I know we are ready to sleep in a bed. At least I know I am. lol So we break our fast and pack up much faster knowing that a fairly short hike and we will be in Balingup and be able to have a shower and a bed for the night. Not to forget having a pint as well at the Balingup Tavern.

We hike on, going our favorite way, down hill. Very quickly though we are not really sure if it is our favorite. As difficult as it was going up yesterday it is quickly becoming evident that the going down is just as difficult and we really need to make sure that we watch our steps. The views we see though are just breathtaking as we watch the mists rise from the valley floor. At first it is fully covered in mist. As we hike down and the sun keeps rising the mists are burned away and reveal a very picturesque view of the town of Balingup and the surrounding area. After all the darker colors of the Eucalyptus trees the valley is extremely Green!

We enter into town and it is just a cute little town that like most of the others were established because of the milling of the Trees. Now, however, it is mostly for tourists and close by a mine that provides Tantalum. But more about that in a minute.

The town of Balingup was officially founded in 1898 though it is mentioned as early as 1870's. It is said to be named after a famous Noongar warrior Balingan. It originally had a station on the railway line like many of the towns we have and will see. In the 20th century it was known for its fruit and vegetable productions. They now boast an Alpaca farm as well. I think I'll go visit the Alpaca just to see them. Recently though the area has become known for their Beef cattle as well as their Dairy farming. I can't wait to see the Cheese Station. The Blackwood Valley is also known to house the most varieties of Eucalyptus as well as many that are only found in Western Australia. Because of the many varieties there are always some that are in bloom which is very beneficial to the wildlife and helps to provide food for them year round.

It seems that there is always something to do in Balingup. Some sort of festival, arts and crafts faire as well as Wine tasting. They also have a French restaurant as well as the Tavern with many other little cozy places to take tea. Of course there are also smaller easier nature walks that one can take just to take in the scenery.

Now back to the Tantalum. That mine is actually in a very nearby old town of Greenbushes. There is actually an observation post where tourists can watch the mine being run. It is said to be very interesting to watch. It is an open mine so one can literally look down into it as it is being worked.

Tantalum itself is a rare, hard, blue-gray, lustrous transition metal that is highly corrosion resistant. It is part of the refractory metals group, which are widely used as minor components in alloys. The chemical inertness of tantalum makes it a valuable substance for laboratory equipment and a substitute for platinum, but its main use today is in tantalum capacitors in electronic equipment such as mobile phones, DVD players, video game systems and computers.

Tantalum was discovered in Sweden in 1802 by Anders Ekeberg. There are several very similar metals to Tantalum that were often confused for it until 1864 when it was determined to be its own compound by Christian Wilhelm Blomstrand. Tantalum was used as the filament in lightbulbs until Tungsten replaced it. The name Tantalum was derived from the name of the mythological Tantalus, the father of Niobe (the name of a chemically close metal) in Greek mythology. In the story, he had been punished after death by being condemned to stand knee-deep in water with perfect fruit growing above his head, both of which eternally tantalized him. (If he bent to drink the water, it drained below the level he could reach, and if he reached for the fruit, the branches moved out of his grasp.)

Tantalum is very conducive to both heat and electricity but is extremely resistant to erosion by acids. At temperatures below 150 °C tantalum is almost completely immune to attack. But, it can be dissolved with hydrofluoric acid or acidic solutions containing the fluoride ion and sulfur trioxide, as well as with a solution of potassium hydroxide. Tantalum's high melting point of 3017 °C (boiling point 5458 °C) is exceeded only by tungsten, rhenium and osmium for metals, and carbon.

Since it resists attack by body fluids and is nonirritating, tantalum is widely used in making surgical instruments and implants. For example, porous tantalum coatings are used in the construction of orthopedic implants due to tantalum's ability to form a direct bond to hard tissue. So you might actually have some inside of you if you have had a hip/knee replacement of extensive dental work as posts replacing teeth! It is a very versatile metal.

The Balingup Lavender Farm is also a very relaxing place to visit. The gardens are open gardens and one is invited to come and enjoy year round. The Farm was started in 1998 when they tried 15 varieties of Lavandula 'angustifolia. Of those 15 only 5 made the cut. They were chosen for use as cut flower, dried flower and oil-bearing properties. The Open Garden was laid out in a 'parterre' style. The Parterre style is the division of garden beds in such a way that the pattern is itself an ornament. It is literally a sophisticated development of the knot garden. In 1999 the main production area was prepared and planted with over 3000 lavender. Keep in mind that the work was done with pick and shovel! Back breaking work for sure. Three olive groves and a cherry orchard form a backdrop to the lavender in order to accentuate the beauty of the lavender bushes. They have Distillation Tours one can take as well as many varied products for sale including plants. Lavender essential oil is a medicine cabinet in a bottle. It is known to be antibiotic, anti-fungal as well as antiviral. Not to mention it just smells fantastic! It will help colicky babies calm down, put young children to sleep as well as relax you. In larger amounts it will actually simulate you. During cold and flu season I always take a cotton ball and put two drops of lavender, one drop of tea tree with one drop of eucalyptus. All essential oils. I then palace them in the 'common' rooms. We never seem to get colds or flus. I always have a bottle in the house.

There is a massage therapist who does aroma therapy in Balingup. I'm so going to have to book a massage as all this hiking is getting to me. :P

The fishing is wonderful. All the rivers have fish in them. The Blackwood River is stocked annually with Rainbow Trout by the WA department of fisheries. Please be sure to have your fishing license first though. One can be obtained at the local Post Office.

The Lucieville Farm is a charming place to get back to a more rural life. It has been in the same family for 6 generations. It has 136 hectares with a variety of farm animals. The family invites you to participate in the care of said animals or to just come a go horseback riding. They do have the daily feeding of the baby farm animals which sounds like fun. I might just go do that. In one of the pictures they had a pony and a dog almost as big as the pony. lol It looked like an Anatolian Shepard.

The Golden Tree Park was begun over one hundred years ago, and is now the largest arboretum in WA. The park is open daily and is free. Donations are always appreciated though to help with the work that is done there. The fully restored Golden Valley Homestead (circa 1890) is located at the Park entrance.

I am very excited to be there and can't wait for a shower and to rest a bit. The ground is difficult on my back. So let's all get a massage over the weekend. emoticon

I walked over 2000 steps today and am working at the Pet Faire Friday, Saturday, Sunday so I'll be getting plenty of exercise this weekend. On the other hand it's a lot of fun. I volunteer for Southland Shelty Rescue and open the booth every day and usually close the booth as well. So I'll try to post and blog this weekend but no promises.

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4/20/13 12:06 A

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Well fellow trekkers. I have been so busy at work this week but believe me, I've been fulfilling my exercise requirements all week. And today, I walked 2 miles, swam for 30 mins, ran after my 3 year old grandson and mowed the lawn. I got all my requirements in for the week. emoticon
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Plan for the week is 16000 steps

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Wednesday was a good day!! 11407 Steps with 16 flights of stairs climbed. 55 minutes of cardio sculpt, 35 minutes of aerobics and 30 minutes of yoga.

Thursday I got caught in the massive rain storm.....I really need to get myself some waterproof shoes.....so I didn't get my planned long walk in. I did see the PT lady and she gave me some new work for this week. Seems I'm a little too flexible and not strong enough to hold my joints in place. So this week I have concentrated exercises to work on my hips and knees and we'll see if I can get my back to stay in place. A lot of them I do in my classes, but she wants me to do this routine instead of the DVD's to make sure I'm training each set of muscles exactly the same. If i do these i should still have killer abs and buns in no time emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Thursdays totals were 55 minutes of cardio sculpt, 30 minutes of yoga and only 9644 steps, with 14 flights of stairs.

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After having a wonderfully easy day and fun in the Shire of Collie we all get up much refreshed and showered. We were getting a bit ripe there. lol We pack out and get back onto the trail.

The Glen Mervyn Dam is pretty but it is only about 50% full so there is not much going on at it right now. On the west side of the dam there is over night camping On the other side there is only a day use area. When people come there they do things like water skiing, fishing and hiking about. Or they just use the day camp area.

Mumballup is a very interesting place. They not only have the tavern which we had great refreshments but they also have a Piggery. The Piggery is known not only for their piggy's but for the bags of soil and compost that they bag and sell in several different stores. Of course their most famous one is the Piggy compost. lol They guarantee that all the bags are weed free. That's better than most.

We continue on up the very steep hill. It is beautiful forest and farmland coexisting side by side. It is interesting to see the farmland go right up to the edge of the forest like that. The way is steep and our buns are all burning by the time we get to the campsite. It is called the Noggerup Camp site. Close by is the Noggerup waterfall. I wonder what that is like but my bum is way to sore and tired to go hiking any further.

We all gladly put our packs down and make camp so we can make our dinners and sit down and not move again!

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CAMPERLIVING - computers can be so frustrating - but we can't live without them either
Lifting logs - that sounds like great exercise to me!!
Keep up the good work - you are doing really well.

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4/18/13 3:24 A

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The Harris Dam Campsite was wonderful. We all had a nice easy day yesterday and were able to do some short hikes around the camping area. As we pack out we listen to all the birds in the area chittering to greet the day.

We hike out and soon are in Collie and are able to take in some of the local history.

The Shire of Collie was named after Dr Alexander Collie who was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, June 2, 1793. He was originally an assistant surgeon in the Navy. He also studied Botany, Mineralogy and Chemistry. He also was well traveled. Some of the places he traveled were Africa, Brazil, Chile, the Sandwich Islands, California, Kamchatka Peninsula, Taiwan and Mexico. He joined an expedition in 1879 to Western Australia. He and Lieutenant Governor Preston became friends and they discovered two rivers that the Governor named after them. The Collie River and the Preston River. Dr. Collie has a granite monolith erected in the Shire of Collie to commemorate him. He died at King George Sound on November 8 1835.

The Shire of Collie has a rich coal mining history. They even have a tour of a replica underground coal mine. The mine is open daily and you can go on tours that are lead by one of the "old locals" who are able to convey what it was like to work in a coal mine as well as the 'culture' that was there in the day. It is located right next to the Collie Visitors Center.

There is also the Coalfields Museum if one doesn't want to go underground. The ‘Australiana’ style pubs show the optimism and prosperity of the early mining days and the distinctive All Saints Anglican Church, built in 1915, is a fine example of Italian style architecture. So as you can see there is something for everyone.

The old building that houses the Coalfields Museum used to be the Roads Board building. It displays a collection of memoirs from the pioneering days of Collie, including gemstones, mining and machinery. Coal Miner Stan Cull almost single handedly created this museum. Many household items are on display in the museum including bottles, radiograms, phonographs, gramophones, wirelesses, a baker’s cart, mining equipment, Coolgardie safe, IcyBall refrigerator, Lynch’s Rock and Mineral display, Fred Kohler woodwork, Gastaldo Homestead items, Della bus, all time great fireman Dudley Magill’s bust, and many historical photos just to name some of them. Also housed in the museum is a 3000 piece doll collection.

There is also the old Goods Shed built in 1898 by CY O'Connor and forms part of the 'Working Life Trail' in Collie. The shed has recently been restored by the Collie Heritage Society and is used on occasion for a market on alternate Sunday mornings.

The significant role rail played in the emergence of Collie is highlighted at the Collie Historical Rail Precinct. Collie Coal was discovered in 1883 but the South West railway line was completed in 1893 and the line from Brunswick to Collie in 1898. Access to rail transport launched Collie and the coal industry. Many West Australians are unaware of the important role that CY O’Connor played. He pushed hard for the building of the line from Brunswick to Collie and argued convincingly for the use of local coal so that WA would be independent of the unreliable Eastern States coal. The old railway goods shed at Collie is the sole original building. The Bill Weir Rolling Stock shed is where the restoration of rolling stock takes place. Some of the exhibits are ‘the ganger’s favorite’, the Kalamazoo to the First Class Sleeping Coach AZQ415 and all types of wagons and coal trucks in between.

Well after a few wanders to several of the places I decided to take a rest. I only walked 1,598 steps but I did help out cleaning up after some messy tourists who were not with us.

I hope everyone has a great sleep. I know I will.

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My computer has been acting up so my post yesterday went missing. I was a little short on steps on Monday getting only 9966 in, accounting for forgetting my fitbit...LOL I did get the 2 hours of exercise hauling logs and cleaning flower beds, though.

Tuesday was 11248 steps with 55 minutes of cardio sculpt, 35 minutes of aerobics and 30 minutes of yoga.

Now off to try to catch up on my reading for the trek....hopefully a new computer is in the works this next week.

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After the easy day yesterday and a fun night in the campsite we are up and ready to go in good time. We pack up and out on our way to the Long Gully Bridge to cross over the Murray River for the last time.

The Long Gully Bridge is a stellar example of a curved railway bridge. It was originally used to transport timber on the railroad that used to run over it. This bridge is also the largest and most significant wooden trestle bridge in the northern jarrah forest. It has been repaired but it is only for foot traffic now. Lucky for us.

Another tidbit of information about the Darling Scarp is that the region, which includes the John Forrest National Park (near Perth), produces wood distillation products and charcoal from eucalyptus, as well as pig iron and bauxite.

Pig Iron is defined as 1. iron tapped from a blast furnace and cast into pigs in preparation for conversion into steel, cast iron, or wrought iron.
2. iron in the chemical state in which it exists when tapped from the blast furnace, without alloying or refinement. It is the crude iron that people use to make other alloys or items.

Bauxite is a soft, whitish to reddish-brown rock consisting mainly of hydrous aluminum oxides and aluminum hydroxides along with silica, silt, iron hydroxides, and clay minerals. Bauxite forms from the breakdown of clays and is a major source of aluminum.

Some Wood Distillation products are Charcoal, Acetic Acid, Acetone, Methanol, Methyl Acetone and Wood Tar just to name a few.

The range was named for Sir Ralph Darling, governor of New South Wales (1825–31).

The Harris River Dam was opened in 1990. It supplies water for the Great Southern region. The region used to be supplied by the Wellington Dam on the Collie river, but due to the problems with salt they had to build the Harris River Dam. Due to the fact that people are drinking from the water there it is a look but do not enter area. You may use the lovely park area but there is no swimming, wading, fishing etc in or near the dam.

After a wander around there we arrive at the official campsite and go about the now familiar setting up of our cozy camp and get underway fixing our dinners. It looks to be a nice easy night and we all bug spray ourselves and help each other with the hard places to get and settle in for a wonderful evening.

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After a refreshing weekend I'm ready to go. We leave Dwellingup walking along the Bibblulmun Track still going south. We are heading to our First of two camp sites before we get into Collie. The first camp site is in the Lane-Poole Reserve.

The reserve was named after C.E. Lane Poole, the State's first Conservator of Forests and a devoted conservationist. It was declared a reserve in 1984. The reason the reserve was made is to conserve the Northern Jarrah Forest and the Murray River. This reserve is only about 2 hours from Perth and has tons of activities to do. You can even lose cell signal out there!

Along the Murray River was a little town called Nanga. It was a Milling town and grew up because a Saw Mill was established there. It started off small and grew big enough to compete with the Dwellingup facility. The town had a store, butchers shop, hall, billiard room and school. By 1940 the town had acquired three tennis courts and a sports oval. Unfortunately WWI hit this town very hard. In 1941 the mill burnt down; arson was suspected. The company rebuilt a smaller mill that was able to run on only 16 people. A lot of people enlisted into the military and left the town which made it extremely hard to run even that mill. Unfortunately after WWII and the fire in 1961 the town was officially closed by the Governor General. Now days Nanga has been converted to a camping site. Parts of the old town are still there however and one can rummage through the remains of it.

The Murray River is used by thousands of people annually. They canoe, raft, fish, and do many other river activities. The fish that are popular are crawfish, marron, as well as rainbow trout, redfin perch and cobbler. The Crawfish and Marron are not really fish but are actually Crayfish. Crawfish in the South of USA are also called Crawdads. They both look like petite lobsters but are not related. There is the critically endangered Hairy Marron of the Margaret River and the Smooth Marron which is outcompeting the Hairy Marron. Marron is actually considered a luxury item and is being farm raised to supply the demand. Recreational fishing for Marron is tightly controlled, with a limited season, permits are required and minimum sizes are enforced. So make sure you know what they are before catching any for tea. Marrons is also a culinary name for chestnuts, as in marron glacé. It is also the French name for Maroon people.

Cobblers are not only shoe makers. It is also a fish that is a bottom dweller. While the flesh is soft and very tasty, they have nasty sharp venomous spines found on the dorsal and pectoral fins that are to be avoided! They are part of the Plotosidae family commonly known as the Eel-tailed Catfish. The species found in Australia are only found on the Southern half of along the edges. The Cobblers can live in both the estuaries and the ocean. They prefer about 22 degrees C and 22 percent salinity in order to spawn. It is thought that the fish in each of the area do not interbreed. Sometimes it is impossible due to the river not reaching the ocean. Others do reach the ocean but they have not been seen to cross breed. The male makes a burrow and entices the female to come lay her eggs in it. Their eggs are larger than most and the female only lays between 500-1500 eggs. This is a small amount for fish. The Male then guards the eggs until they hatch and takes care of the hatchlings for about a month when they are finally big enough to fend for themselves. It is known that fish who make nests and care for their eggs and hatchlings lay fewer eggs than those that don't. the Cobbler can grow up to 91 cm in length and weigh in at 2.5 kg and live up to 13 years. The Swan Estuary population has declined alarmingly. So it was banned from being fished in July 2007 for 10 years in order to allow the population to recover. Commercial fishing for the Cobbler began as early as the 1940's. Each estuary's population has a distinct genetic makeup. That makes it easy to know where the commercial fishers are obtaining their stock. There are strict guidelines that the commercial fishers have to follow including when and where as well as the time they are allowed to fish. That way the commercial fishers as well as the recreational fishers do not compete directly against each other.

The Murray River is Australia's longest river. It is approximately 1,476 Miles or 2375 Km! It raises up and over the Alps, through the plains, borders New South Wales and Victoria, before turning south to reach the ocean at Lake Alexandrina. As large and long as this river is without an estuary it is useless to commercial ventures. It also has numerous "snags" or fallen trees that would rip out the bottom of any commercial ships and fluctuates to much to be reliable. In the past they tried to remove the snags but there were to many of them to make it feasible. They have actually replaced them now with felled Gum Trees to replace the habitat for fish and other water life that were impacted from the removals. They have tried paddle boats in the past as well as barges. Both ended up not being very lucrative. So today it is still used mainly by recreational uses mainly skiing, houseboats both for hire as well as privately owned and fishing. There are some historic paddle boats that you can take a cruise on from a half hour up to 5 days.

The wildflowers are abundant. They cover everywhere. The forest floor as well as up in the canopy. The Melaleuca thickets and flooded gum woodlands are a site to see. We know the Melaleuca commonly as the Tea Tree. It is known for it's healing properties. Tea Tree Essential Oil is a steam distillation of the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia. The leaves were historically used as a substitute for tea. However it is not recommended to drink tea made from the leaves. One can make a "tea" from the leaves and then apply it to the body part that ails you. It is the oil in the leaves that is the medicinal part. The aboriginals used tea tree leaves for healing skin cuts, burns, and infections by crushing the leaves and applying them to the affected area. Tea Tree has been proven to be antiseptic and anti-fungal.

The Black Cockatoo has five different sub species in it. The Red-tailed, Glossy, Yellow-tailed, Carnaby's and Baudin's. Cockatoo's can only be found in Australia. They are larger than Parrots and have a gall bladder. They can never be Blue or Green. They lack the special feather composition that gives the parrots those colors. Cockatoos can live up to 50 years old and are very social birds. They mate for life. The Carnaby's Black Cockatoo is endangered. It is also known as the Short-billed Black cockatoo. It is endangered due to the clearing of the Salmon Gum and Wandoo trees. Those trees are being cleared for farm land. Those particular trees create crevasses that the birds like to use for their nests. Some of the reasons for the decline of this cockatoos is the removal of nest hollows for use as firewood or just to make properties look 'tidy'. Much woodland lacks hollows, and it takes over 100 years for woodland seedlings to mature and form hollows suitable for nesting. Poaching: illegal poaching is still a threat - trees are often cut down or the hollow severely damaged when young and eggs are taken, removing breeding sites. Invasive species like the Galah and the Western Long-billed Corella are competing with and excluding Carnaby's Black-Cockatoos from traditional nest hollows. Male Carnaby's Black-Cockatoos feed the female at her nest during the incubation period and fly over 12km to ensure she gets the food she needs during nesting. The cockatoos rarely use the same hollow to nest in if the breeding attempt the previous season was unsuccessful. The birds display strong bonds with their partners throughout their adult life. If two eggs are produced, the second egg is laid two to eight days after the first egg. I sure hope to be able to see one in the wild and take its picture.

After looking all over we wander into our camp tired and happy. We haven't seen a Carnaby cockatoo yet but there's still time. We set up our tents and get our beds all ready and prepare a good dinner. Sitting around after dinner we chat about the days travel and all the sites we have seen thus far.

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But you have moved and collected steps- and that may be collecting tax but its also moving - and that's what its about!!

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OK I admit that today I was not the best trekker. I procrastanated and I've been up and down, here and there trying to get my tax information together. I just finished filing online. And I've been glued to the Boob Tube watching the news, But rather than rest yesterday, I walked 2 miles and did 30 minutes of strength training at the Gym. So maybe I can switch days??!!
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CAMPERLIVING I hope you have a good week too - its easy to forget FitBit - its so light and small - try it on your bra - I guess you wear that most places!! LOL!!
You are doing well in the steps - great to keep moving!!

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This week I will strive to do the 120 minutes of exercise 6 days and 11,000 steps, again. I seem to have figured out a regiment of meds that are seeming to keep the allergies under control so hopefully no more days like last week. So to start the week off I forgot to transfer my fitbit to my shorts when i went out to clean up the yard.....go figure. When i remembered i went back and figured how many steps it was from the felled tree to the barn and will add them in. It came up to 2150 steps so that's quite a few.

Yesterday was my rest day so only 6552 steps. Hopefully I won't need those to meet my goal this week!

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This week I'm doing group 8. I'm adjusting my goals because I just felt really overwhelmed last week. The main issue is that I'm in more than one challenge.

Ssooo, 5 days of 50+ fitness minutes

4/14: 88 min. - 12,033 steps

4/15: 88 min. - 12,033 steps (my pedometer went dead but I did as much or more as yesterday by my activity level - will change batteries and hope the pedometer revives!)

4/16: 0 (recovery day. I'm taking steps off my challenge till further notice. My pedometer isn't working. It's brand new and I'm not spending money for another right now. *sigh* this has been frustrating!!)

4/17: 88 min.

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I am going to go into group 4---30 minutes of exercise and 1700 steps

April 14--923 steps--0 floors climbed- 0 exercise not tracked by fitbit

April 15--2240 steps--6 floors climbed--120 minutes in the water

April 16--1203 steps--0 floors climbed--0 exercise not tracked by fitbit

April 17--676 steps--0 floors climbed--0 exercise not tracked by fitbit

April 18--956 steps--0 floors climbed--0 exercise not tracked by fitbit

April 19--878 steps--1 floor climbed--120 minutes in the water

April 20--476 steps--0 exercise not tracked by fitbit

I didn't make my goal. I hurt my back.

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April 14th to April 20th

I am going to stay in Group 5 with a combined exercise and step target of 3750 steps per day, but I hope to get in 5250+ steps per day.

4/14 - 5753 steps
4/15 - 2458 steps
4/16 - 7088 steps
4/17 - 3788 steps
4/18 - 1053 steps (not feeling well)
4/19 - 5964 steps
4/20 - 8869 steps

Total for week - 34,973steps

(3750 x 7 = 26,250) or (5250 x 7 = 36750 steps)

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Week 3 – Bibbulmun Track Virtual Trek – is on my web site for you. (Exercise and trek notes)
1 – Go to chairexercisefun.com/ and click on the “challenges” button on the right hand side of the front page
2 – Open the “Bibbulmun Track Virtual Trek “ folder
3 – Read – “Introduction” brochure, “Trek Preparation” brochure, “Bugs and other Nasty and Nice Critters” Brochure, plus the previous weeks trek notes if you have not already done so! You can download or print them if you choose.
4 – Read - Wk 3 Exercise brochure – you can download or print it if you choose.
5 – Select your exercise and step target
6 – Start moving, increasing your step count each week, through exercise and movement, and recording your exercise time and steps in this thread
7 – Read the “Trek notes “ trek notes for that week and see where you are going with your exercise. You can download or print it if you choose.
8 – Record you daily or weekly step count in the Wk 3 – Bibbulmun Track Virtual Trek Exercise Thread.
9 - Write a blog on what you have seen, experienced, eaten and/or done – tell me when its finished for a goodie .(optional)
Join in the Week 3 Bibbulmun Track Virtual Trek discussion
10 – There will be a very special surprize on the last day of the trek for anyone who manages to finish all 6 weeks of the trek.
11 – HAVE FUN!! Any problems or questions – Please ask!!


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