Day 5 :: Brookton to Canning
The guidebook gives Abyssinia Rock a big wrap: so we're intending to stop there for morning tea, though probably a little late and wait for lunch till we get to camp at Canning. It's a shorter day today, so we're planning to enjoy the extra-curricular locations!
Day 5 Google Earth Track
Brookton Abyssinia Rock Canning
|Length||12.47 km||Day Length||4:35|
|Ascend||515 m||Descend||439 m|
Brookton has been made wheelchair accessible and it has made the whole campsite feel very spacious, including the toilet!
Started slow @6:45am, I had very long wakeful period in night so everyone got prayed for! I think it was the coffee for supper; those bags are surprisingly nice black! but I don't think I'll do that again.
Alec up and off straight after we emerged; woke early he said. He's doing a double-hutter today, but we won't, so won't catch him again now. He left a message in the book for us, very nice.
Had a wonderful wash this morning and aired sleeping bags in the sun and wind. Great feeling.
Set off at a relaxed pace along the wheelchair accessible track, just before Brookton Hwy a smattering of Leschanautia in very low scrubby bush with a stream. Bush totally different on other side of highway. Fire damaged forest, lots of grass trees. Delightful gentle grade up, and phone reception at top, so able to check with Nat about SPOT. He (bless him) got straight back to us and allayed our concerns.
We had a small climb over an unnamed hill where we allayed our fears concerning the spot. Yesterday the wind blew it and my hat off the rock it was sitting on at morning tea: onto rocks. Having read numerous reviews on-line that complained about the device being fragile and drops causing it to stop working -- I was a little worried. So when we were in mobile area again we SMS'd Nat and asked him if they were still getting through. Instant reply: "Yes". Which means it only has a couple of scratches to worry about.
Incidentally, Fixamul left on and tidied up from yesterday, heel seems OK.
Nice views out through trees. Very pleasant walking. Headed down to Abyssinia Rock and great choice it turned out to be for morning tea. Spotted donkey orchids before the pack was even off. Another 2 types and myriads of other wee flowers followed. It was gorgeous, flat, ascending rock on which was crunchy sounding lichen. Almost 360 degree views and a wee blue-tailed wren with a brown body, chirping in the scrub. Another bird of prey spiralling around. Lots of excessively fast wee lizards scurrying away then freezing to look like sticks.
Relaxing on top of Abyssinia Rock today was one of the first occurrences on the walk where we became aware that we were by ourselves in the middle of the bush. It's a great feeling, or sense, or experience, and what draws us out here. Lying in the sun on the rock, at the centre of 360° views, with nowhere we had to be and no sense of rush was just wonderful! The feeling that the Track was absorbing us into its peace was sublime.
The guidebook suggested climbing Abyssinia Rock for the views, but the flowers were amazing as the views were long.
After a long stay on the rock -- for morning tea -- we headed for camp only to discover a delightful little stream to rinse yesterday's clothes. Then the walk into camp was through some lovely she oak woods. Everything looks recently burnt though. The trees around Canning look like they were burnt last year or so.
We headed off very happily and very quickly found an ideal wee stream to rinse clothes so stopped again and got them all done.
Headed again, can't remember order, but we saw splendid but partially burned paperbarks, a large swampy area and amazing grevilleas and other flowers that were new to me. Some huge Jarrahs and Marri: most impressive.
Started to tire again and finished my water so lunch seemed a wee while coming, so a bit of a slog into the hut. Very nice once arrived, a couple on a day hike here but looks like being mitupela yet tonight. May even sleep in the hut for a try? 3 ticks tonight on me, only 1 dug in. P has none: how does that work? Washing into the sun. P's socks take longest to dry. Line under hut too, with pegs! Also toilet paper in loo. Very fancy trick catch on loo, almost couldn't get in.
Little late into camp after a wonderful morning tea on top of Abyssinia Rock and clothes washing.
What a magnificent day!! Only short (which is a nice change for the legs), but full of flowers!!
Well, a very delightful day.
Campsite is nicely settled -- though sun disappeared early and arrived late -- beautiful bushy outlook and quiet. Bird song in the morning is sweet.
|Brookton Campsite||0.0||9:16 AM||0:00||0.0|
|Brookton Highway||2.6||2.6||75.0||9:50 AM||0:34||0:34||21.9||4.5||4.5||3.4|
|Canning Campsite||9.9||12.5||84.9||1:47 PM||3:57||4:31||25.8||2.5||2.8||3.3|
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