Oct 26, 2011

A bushwalking we go

We have a new toy - two small walkie talkies with the range of about 3km. In order to play with the new toy, I decided we should go bushwalking.

The Wildwalks website is wonderful, and packed with information. We wanted something a little challenging, and not too long for our first walk, and we settled on the STEP track walk. It's 2.6km and about an hour's walk said the website.

bushwalk STEP track

At most parts, it's pretty wide and flat.

bushwalk STEP track

But it got pretty narrow at some points. I urgh-ed when the spindly plants wrapped themselves around me as I was going through.

bushwalk STEP track

Saw some flora and fauna...

bushwalk STEP track

bushwalk STEP track

bushwalk STEP track


As for wildlife, I spotted a sulphur-crested cockatoo and an unknown bird kept whistling at us from a hidden spot. Hubs came across a small snake that quickly scurried away as he approached.

We passed one couple and some cyclists on the broader stretch near the Great North Walk. Aussie cyclists are a really serious lot - whenever we drive up a 40 degree angled road,  there are always bound to be some cyclists on the same road. No matter how many times I've seen this, I still shake my head in disbelief every time I come across them. And now I see them cycling through the bush!

At one point, Number Two became really excited and ran to us, tugging and saying, "You gotta see this! There is a monster! It's really scary!! There is an eye and a long mouth and everything!"

See it?

bushwalk STEP track

They proceeded to find a few more monsters. Here's one more, spotted by Number One. It's a blob monster with a few eyes and a mouth.

bushwalk STEP track


The trail is well marked, and there are a few checkpoints with the map on display. According to terrain notes, we climbed some 80-100m, but the inclines weren't bad, and even Number Two could manage without much help. It was the length of it that K-O-ed him. He asked papa to carry him the last few hundred metres.

Oh, and yes, the walkie talkie saw a fair bit of use - the bush was filled with the sounds of "roger that" and "over"s and "where's your location?" although Number One and Two were usually only 3 metres apart.

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