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Published: December 22nd 2016
Ready For The DayDay 4 Happy Mothers Day
Feeling very good this morning
Beraking Shelter to Mt Dale Shelter
Today was going to be an easy one at only 11.6 km. The decision to have such a short day today was made largely due to the next shelter - Brookton, still being closed after the 2015 bushfires and Canning (the one after) having a diversion in place for prescribed burning.
After a fairly wakeful night (the youngest child staying in the hut was really sick with a sore throat and fever- poor little thing) I set off late but in very good spirits after my most favourite breakfast to date (banana porridge with cinnamon and pecans). My body was feeling very good this morning- could I be getting my trail rhythm together already? Fingers crossed.
I had three big highlights today:
1. Experiencing a major black cockatoo gathering- initially there were lots of faraway calls but then, seriously, for over 20 minutes I sat amongst a huge number of them perched up in the trees creating the most incredible cacophony of sound and movement. I think it was my highlight to date actually- it was fantastic. Plus the air
Fantastic colour contrast
was full of pine tree scent and it was windy, just a really nice experience. Very Zen.
2. After arriving at Mt Dale shelter a group of girls arrived- one of them looked a little bit familiar- turns out she was- a fellow nurse called Lill, someone I hadn't seen for about 30 years. A real blast from the past and great company to have lunch with. They packed out my trash too- bonus!
3. I got to have my first solo night. I was very excited. It was so dark and so still and so quiet. And.... there was an owl up near the toilet. Perfect end to the day. Impressions of the day Lots of new flowering plants and vegetation, recently harvested pine plantation with large tracts of red clay scarring, some of the trail markers were easy to miss, the Mt Dale Circuit trail is worth doing- excellent views up on Mt Dale, not much bird activity at camp in the afternoon until all of a sudden the wrens came out at 1600 Body assessment- all good! Total people seen for the day -2 day walkers (mother and
son presumably having a "Happy Mothers Day" outing, the 3 lunch companions and that is it!
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