Day 25 :: Balingup to Blackwood
For some reason it felt a little odd putting everything back into the pack again: it was almost like starting again. Had a real 'gulp' at all our stuff on the picnic table. But we have what the lady at the Alpaca shop said is the best view on the Track coming up this morning, and a pretty stiff climb at the end of the day.
Day 25 Google Earth Track
|Length||18.15 km||Day Length||7:07|
|Ascend||856 m||Descend||722 m|
What a colour kaleidoscope today turned out to be!! We set off after a clear night, but us very toasty in our tent in a very protected spot next to the river on lush grass. Called in at the store and returned key (I was very thankful for shower again this morning) also redeemed P's Magnum stick by getting an Almond/Chocolate Magnum. Thought I'd find it too rich and too cold but was wrong on both counts and we thoroughly enjoyed it, sharing it. Bought 2 oranges: only fruit, bar lemons, at the store. She reduced them from 60 cents each to 30 each, which was nice of her, but meant I had very low expectations of how nice they'd be.
Off we went via visitors centre, and out to the Arboretum. Not bad at all, Bibbulmun Track didn't weave us through the whole thing, but gave us a very nice taste of it, particularly as many of the trees still in Winter mode. Paulvinea Fortnuniae in mode big scented trumpets on bare wood were quite spectacular.
On we went after several well used "kissing gates" and then our 1st stile. Onto a gravel road looking for cobblestones which some erosion eventually revealed (P was preparing for a TGD), almost at the top of quite a climb.
Off into forest and just very pleasant walking, a few orchids and then onto the Greenbushes Loop and wow: patches of outrageous spider orchids, then a view they said was exquisite and I would have to agree that it was good. Stopped there for morning tea as there was a park bench.
Would have enjoyed the walk over to Greenbushes, but in the end it didn't seem in the same space as us: the signs gave a hard sell and at 10km (even with packs off) it was a bit much.
Scoggin tasted of soap powder: horrid!! Muesli did this morning too. I am so disappointed. However oranges were juicy and delicious: what a treat. P's tummy jacked up and he was felling most unwell and looking somewhat pale so had to schedule a rest stop where he had a 10 minute lie down. After that we went through some drift of wattle, coral pea and hardenbergia. Sensational colour.
We went past some mining remnants and down to a large most picturesque dam. Along edge this blaze of colour as we walked. Left the loop, decided an extra 10km was too much on our day, even with packs off. Pressed on and had a pretty decent walk and then suddenly this forest with an understory of colour. Gorgeous and very cheering.
We pressed on and and had lunch at the bottom of our big climb. Had chosen sardines, sun-dried tomatoes on rye and they were pretty good though I was very happy to leave the rubbish at Balingup. Saw 2 kookaburras in an old, dead, gum tree and then 2 blue tailed wrens and 1 of the all blue spectacularly vibrant wrens. Lovely.
Lunch today (sardines, sun-dried tomatoes on Rye) was unbelievably yum!! We even have some tomato left over for tomorrow. The general store didn't have any flat bread, so we bought a rye loaf -- it's a bit heavy, but it's only a 3 day leg, so should be OK.
Stiff walk up a fire break and the usual hut that will never come and then suddenly we are here. Great sun: we've just bathing in it. Big view out. P wants me to mention an incredible intricate bird call, and the amazing whisper quiet of walking in the pine forest.
Walking in the Pine Plantation was an amazing sensation: extremely quiet -- Pine trees whispering in the breeze, hushed foot falls on the pine needles and no birds. I was amazed I enjoyed it so much.
Lots of bird calls en route and a section of wind in grass that reminded me of walking on Mt Sui.
Funny really, each day starts a bit "Oh yer, off we go bushwalking", but unfolds in a way that always surprises. I don't know how it does that?
How amazing -- to get to camp, take off shirt, and do the FUSE thing in the sun for a couple of hour!! And recharge OUR batteries. Seems like ages since we've been able to do that -- but that has to not only do with the weather, but the hut location. Blackwood certainly has a panoramic view. Not seen anything like it since Waalegh or Helena.
Tomorrow has a large diversion, which at this point seems a bit of a shame: along a road and missing the dam.
It's 6:30pm and we are not in bed yet!! Seems like weeks since it's been warm enough to be up at this time -- not even wearing our hats and jackets!
The toilet at Blackwood has a great view through the pines, but I think they missed a golden opportunity to face it the other way -- especially when the sign says you only have to close the door when you leave -- not when you're using it!!
|Soup||Cream of Tomato||4.5||4||4.3||4.3|
Don't know what the problem was this morning -- glad it went though -- it was still a slow day's walking by our recent standards.
|Golden Valley Tree Park||2.9||434.6||8:58 AM||0:18||0:18||125.7||9.7||9.7||3.5|
|Hay Road||2.6||5.5||437.2||10:07 AM||1:09||1:27||126.9||2.2||3.8||3.4|
|Spring Gully Road||6.0||11.5||443.2||12:34 PM||2:27||3:54||129.3||2.5||3.0||3.4|
|Southhampton Road||1.5||13.0||444.7||1:18 PM||0:44||4:38||130.1||2.0||2.8||3.4|
|Blackwood Campsite||5.1||18.2||449.9||2:43 PM||1:25||6:03||131.5||3.6||3.0||3.4|
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