Day 18 :: Yourdamung to Harris Dam
It's a very short day today, and as the Guidebook says, this "provides an opportunity for walkers to relax at either campsite"... we naturally thought, why not both?
Beautiful morning with sun rising out of swamp which doesn't sound great, but looked fantastic -- especially the warmth after a very cold night. The camera battery was full this morning, so swapped it out with yesterdays, which is on 1 or 2 bars. Phone reception in hut, got another SMS from Rob & Judy, so Sandi replied -- Sandi in bed, in the sun streaming into the hut.
Day 18 Google Earth Track
Yourdamung Harris Dam
|Length||14.63 km||Day Length||4:18|
|Ascend||551 m||Descend||515 m|
Need to mention P spotting a wonderful spider orchid just past toilet.
Took our time this morning and what a delightful relaxed time it was. Chilly but lovely in the direct sunlight pouring in. We didn't sleep brilliantly and I had this horror dream about getting back to work -- no reality in it, but still horrid.
A fast walking chap came in just before we were ready to go, who was double or as it turned out, triple hutting, and he said that Jarred was heading through too.
We headed off at an easy pace and he passed us before morning tea. We passed a fabulous spider orchid right next to the track and a bit later one of the discrete ones I dubbed a turban orchid, that I saw very much on the off chance. Came to a gorgeous meandering bubbling creek with a wee log bridge and had morning tea, sun bathing, listening to the "duck call" frog.
Path wended onwards through forest and swampy areas, very enjoyable. Pottered onwards, had lunch and formulated a plan to try and have breakfast at Harris Dam Picnic Area at dawn, both feeling quite stoked with the idea, should work OK with the unladen packs.
Saw remnants of the wooden train tracks, pretty amazing though. Had to check with book, or wouldn't quite have sussed their significance.
Got an SMS from Keren at lunch, very heartened. No reception at hut. Didn't take long to get to hut then and most glad to get foots off even though such an easy day. Toe played up a bit, very difficult while it is. Not long after Jarred strode in, good to have a chat and catch up a bit. He decided to head on to Collie and football finals tonight.
Lovely short walk today -- which is, after all, a "rest day". Seen Blue Lady Orchid in a chorus of powder blue. The sun was glorious all morning, then deteriorated to scattered cloud, by lunch it was cloudy (they were hardly moving in the sky, so the big ones blocked the sun for a long time).
Harris Dam campsite feels like it's in the middle of a Jarrah forest -- which I guess it is. Wonderful to wander around -- very flat; some huge trees.
Had a wander and spotted another orchid. Pink and blue ones have abounded today, lovely. Great bird calls at hut, one P dubbed the telephone bird with a phonish trill. Getting organised for proposed Collie assault.
We had quite a few things on the list for Collie. We knew that the Collie shops shut early on Saturday as we'd sussed that out before leaving Sydney, so it was our hope to get to the camping store before midday. Andre had said he was popping in there, so we'd asked him to enquire of their Saturday closing times and send an SMS back to us (so we'd know to rush or not).
Tomorrow we've decided to have breakfast at the Dam at sunrise -- I'm very excited!! This is so that we can get an early start and arrive at Collie before shops shut for the weekend. Also we'd like to suss some wet weather alternatives at the camping store, if it's not open Saturday afternoon, we'll do it Monday morning before we leave. I am definitely NOT taking Sandi South if I can't keep her dry!!
Sandi dressed Jarred's toe that had an area of broken skin. Nice to share the wealth of our first aid kit. Previously we gave some hypefix to Andre for his blisters.
|Yourdamung Campsite||0.0||8:50 AM||0:00||0.0|
|Caversham Road||11.6||11.6||318.0||12:02 PM||3:12||3:12||94.2||3.6||3.6||3.4|
|Harris Dam Campsite||3.1||14.6||321.1||1:10 PM||1:08||4:20||95.4||2.7||3.4||3.4|
After telling Jarred there was no phone reception, he was wanting to organise to be picked up, when we set the alarm for the morning (putting the phone in the corner of the shelter) it obtained reception and downloaded SMS messages!! Gave us quite a shock, then made us laugh: Harris Dam shelter only has reception in the back corner of the shelter!
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