Day 17 :: Possum Springs to Yourdamung
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.
Started off quiet with a wash cold night. Andre was a bit cold. Had weird dreams that sex was offered in DSU and Shelley and I were on and a bloke came in and I couldn't get out of it; however when looking for a room for the bed manager had put mothers with new babies in every room: so no situation!
Woke just after 5am as Andre was getting up and just dosed for a bit, then P made a move to rising mist and I slowly followed.
Day 17 Google Earth Track
Possum Springs Yourdamung
|Length||20.56 km||Day Length||5:44|
|Ascend||811 m||Descend||707 m|
We got away in good time and set off only to miss a really early turn off; still don't know how we did. Thankfully P had it sussed and we were able to continue and rejoin the track again, which was great, though disappointing.
Bitterly disappointed to miss 3km of trail after missing a turn-off the road this morning. By the time we realised, and sussed the map, it was easier to continue on the road, which would meet up with the trail again. All worked well, but now I've got to say "I did the Bibbulmun Track minus 3km" :(
I'm not really sure what the GPS Odometer and the Guidebook were doing today, but they were pretty confused, which certainly helped us miss our turn. We think it happened when getting around a fallen tree on the Track that we didn't see the Waugul and turn. So we missed the CSIRO burning experiment of 1997... I'm not sure why I was so disappointed, but think that it hit my navigation confidence: it put me into a less than happy mood for most of the day where I just put my head down and walked.
On roads initially, then a rather cool track through a swampy part, some of which we had to paddle through, but boots coped fine. Saw the first of a humble wee bush with bright orange flowers.
Headed on to the road again and a long walk very slightly undulating that seemed a trudge. Nice forest, but igo, igo, igo. Decided to look for a pozie for morning tea and got to plunkhole another swampy area with big pools and tadpoles. Very pretty.
On again through the forest and then we entered this amazing area, dry at present, with heaps of fallen timber. Reminded me of a warscape, not many left standing, and then really the Piece de Resistance! The Harris River flats and river. What a landscape! Meadows of flowers, pinks, orange and occasional pale yellow sundews. Pools of slightly tea coloured water with myriads of very fat tadpoles. A very wide area with 3 small bridges and a causeway between.
Harris River and associated swamps was a huge highlight today. Was not expecting anything so beautiful to do the washing in -- glades of flowers!
Did the rinsing of dirty clothes in the last of these with a good water current. Felt very pleased to get it done, except then P insisted on carrying it all and he already had painful feet, however there were still meadows of flowers to cheer us on our way and it sure did help. Meadows of flowers, by the way, were the orange and some pink Boronia which gave way to pink then to darker pink. Amazing.
All the while across the Harris River flats and washing we were pretty alert for snakes: but we didn't see or hear one. Not even nearly!
Then as suddenly as they started, they stopped, then to finish the walk to the hut.
Reached hut for a late lunch. What is it about the last 3-5 km in? This last 3 km however was a delight, but I still ended wanting to be here a km before I was.
No storm since being at the hut, though cool enough already. P found great place for the 10m minus some of thin cord and the washing has dried heaps already. Enjoyed a good potter round in the bush after a welcome lunch. Sand flies bad. Found an orchid on a walk from the hut, almost looked like those flying duck ones. Not sure?
The weather definitely seems to be clearing. Clouds coming from the South-West and much slower. Previous days they were really scudding across. Today is the first day in many that we could sit outside AND in the sun!! No afternoon storm.
Tomorrow is a super easy day -- these are our 'Rest Days', coming in halves. Hard to believe we'll be in Collie in a couple of days -- hope it's not a shock to the system.
'Mr C' had written in the book about a slow opening orchid (above) next to the shelter: unfortunately it seemed to be a munched spider orchid. It hadn't opened by the time they left; 'Mr C' was great at leaving scratched arrows on the track pointing out Orchids for those that may have missed them. We were to eventually catch up with 'Mr C' toward the end of the walk, and have lengthy discussions about Orchids (he had a field guide with him, whereas we were just guessing). A rare occurrence tonight for dinner: we got to eat it outside!
|Soup||Bacon & Potato||4||4||4.0||3.9|
JetBoil: Need to find two cups that will go inside the JetBoil mug. We don't use the JetBoil gas, so it sits outside, and nothing fits in anything else. Using matches seems perfect!
|Possum Springs Campsite||0.0||8:10 AM||0:00||0.0|
|Harris River||16.2||16.2||302.1||12:35 PM||12:58 PM||4:25||4:25||90.0||3.7||3.7||3.4|
|Yourdamung Campsite||4.4||20.6||306.5||1:57 PM||0:59||5:24||91.0||4.5||3.8||3.4|
Just found our second spider orchid up near the toilet. Sandi says I started dancing and ran over to it -- but I don't remember that -- but the orchid is just beautiful!!
My legs, feet and bottom got progressively sorer today, until quite painful walking out of Harris River -- strange: hard to know if it's progressive tiredness?
Big drink of staminade tonight.
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