Day 6 :: Canning to Monadnocks
We're looking forward to today after reading the Guidebook: broad swampy watercourse, massive paperbarks (which Sandi loves), a stand of virgin Jarrah, permanent billabong on the Canning River -- where we plan to have morning tea today... and a pretty short day: what more could you want in life?
Day 6 Google Earth Track
|Length||16.15 km||Day Length||6:18|
|Ascend||600 m||Descend||500 m|
The coolness of the weather has surprised us: we are often wearing all our clothes! The SkyLedge Footprint has proved surprisingly handy as an insulator - keeping the cold from the timber seating at bay; though we didn't think of that when bringing it, we thought of it more as a moisture barrier.
Had had a very good sleep in the hut last night and though cold night stayed toasty once feet had warmed up. Really didn't feel the best [last night] just hit the wall and couldn't get to bed fast enough. Felt much better this morning, though P said I snored a lot and there was a lot of junk in my sinuses. Ick! [ed: both of us started the walk probably a little run down and had colds]
There was a bubook sounding owl last night.
A cool morning: no thermometer in the hut, like there was at Helena (which showed 8°C); not sure if it's colder... but it feels it.
First night sleeping in a hut, tried it for a change as we were by ourselves. It was OK, more drafty, and not as much like home as the tent.
It was an extremely comfortable night's sleep. The Thermarests are close to the perfect mat for us I think. Not sure if the short day yesterday had much to do with that?
Toilet here seems tiny, especially after the luxury version at Brookton, still has a great view in the morning!
Cold this morning: jersey + camp sweatshirt + rain jacket + warm hat!!
The Canning shelter was marvellous with the sunrise beaming directly in. A very relaxed morning again this morning, really soaking in the morning sun's rays to warm ourselves up, and then away by 9AM.
Pottered off in good form, everything feeling OK and really enjoyed the Jarrah forests. First the previously logged, quite dense smaller trees, and then the virgin old tree area. Reminded me of walking through the Kauri in New Zealand with many young trees and then some super big old ones.
Then there was just a small area of fabulous paper barks. I loved these twisted big old looking trees. A sandy patch on road had tracks that may have been snakes...
The stand of "virgin Jarrah" was spectacular. Amazing what the presence of more mature trees does.
Sandi was determined to swim in Canning River, but it was so cold she didn't get in over her knees. We left our gear in the sun on the other side, and crossed back over to find a nice spot for morning tea beside the river.
Then on to Canning River, which I so wanted to swim in, deep sandy bottomed more expansive rock areas with moss, etc. Very nice bridge across river. Access to water not overly formed.
Morning tea welcome as always, P sat with his feet in the water and then tested his river sandals wet. Seemed quite pleased with the result.
Heaps of ticks. Picked off about 6 as I was getting dressed again. We both had 1 embedded in our wrists this morning.
First time use of river sandals in water: at Canning river -- Impressed. Stayed firm on the foot without any movement. Also dried quickly after on back of pack. Water at Canning River was too cold to swim, but nice to have feet in over morning tea. No fish. Heard a frog and saw two ducks.
After a 70 minute relax by the river for morning tea, the brain fell out of gear and I mis-read the guidebook and initially turned the wrong way up Scenic Drive. We'd thought it best to climb out of the Canning River before stopping for lunch, which we eventually did on the flattish area after Coglan Road; I only just remembered to wet our bandanas before leaving the river...
Next bit of walk a bit of a plug up hill. P had wet our bandanas and that was great, made a huge difference.
Saw a fabulous striped, dark green and white orchid, almost missed it [unfortunately the photographer did...]. Really fabulous.
Tall grass trees area was quite extended and pretty neat.
We took to calling them giraffe grass trees :)
It really was a glorious day, and quite warm. Some beautiful flowers along the way that really puts a spring in the step, although the bandanas that were wet when leaving Canning River had to be re-wet along the way again. The final section along Herold Road seemed much longer than it really was. The height profile had an incline up to the Monadnocks campsite, that we were not looking forward to, but in the end we'd over-estimated the effect.
Just when I thought the rest of the walk was going to be the trudge for camp P spotted a great and unusual looking grevillea. Very nice.
The climb up to Monadnocks not quite as hard as we thought: but very glad to get here and have afternoon tea!
Had the usual "glad to get here" feeling. Not much direct sunlight left. Had a quick wash down. We have enjoyed this day very much though I did need a lolly just to get me the last km into camp. The bird song has been absolutely sweet and gorgeous today almost the whole day. At many intervals I stopped just to listen.
Arrived at Monadnocks to find three fellows there (the owners of the car we'd passed on the track), they stopped for a wee chat and after they'd headed on their way we set about washing and getting afternoon tea.
|Canning Campsite||0.0||8:57 AM||0:00||0.0|
|Canning River||8.0||8.0||92.9||11:16 AM||12:26 PM||2:19||2:19||28.1||3.4||3.4||3.3|
|Monadnocks Campsite||8.2||16.2||101.0||3:05 PM||2:39||4:58||30.8||3.1||3.3||3.3|
Late in the day we shared dinner with a couple who walked in to stay the night. Monadnocks was their favourite shelter, and they were planning / training for their end-to-end next year. Interestingly, they were of a similar opinion to us that it was important to do whilst still fit and very able to enjoy it and nothing should get in the way (especially work).
|Soup||Pumpkin & Croutons||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.9|
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