Sunday, November 20, 2011

camping weekend

Well there is a life beyond cycling, and we camped this weekend with no bikes. we just didn't know if there was cycling in the park area and decided to hike instead.

We also didn't know if it was viable to try and sleep in the camper, since the sites were 'walk in' so we took the tent. We could have gotten the van close enough, but this was very nice. Our first use of the new tarp technology, photo taken between rain showers.
It rained hard in the night but we stayed totally dry, and as a bonus the tent stayed cool all day in the shade. We ate too much, hiked to some lovely spots...
We were not able to do the big hike of the weekend, down to the base of the falls and back, because it is still cyclone damaged and closed. I want to go back and do it when it reopens (assuming that it can be repaired). The cyclone damage was pretty epic in places.
So we hiked where the trails were open, and had a lot of fun and relaxation. My friend Leone was unable to resist a rainforest pool.
Nothing like the sound of running water, and knowing that surely there are no crocs up here, surely...
The eucalyptus were shedding their bark

and we came home to find that it seemed to be 'bark shedding weekend' everywhere
For those lucky enough to be occasional visitors to the Casa Edwards, look what has replaced the old box airconditioner in the guest room! An actual window that lets the breeze in! Looks great on the inside too.

We had a nice time, and of course saw lots of opportunities to ride the mountain bikes if only we had taken them and some better maps were available. Well I can get the maps sorted, and we are all keen to get back and ride a section of the 'Wet Tropics Great Walk' which is actually looking like being mostly old logging roads in very good nick and totally free of motorised traffic. Heaven!!

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