Five people: David E, Maurice, John G, Rhondda and Bill brought their 4 wheel drives to Lake Tabourie. These cars were used for the Pigeon House Mountain walk and for the final few kilometres into track head for this walk.
There was spectacular scenery on the tarmac road used by all cars.
In his leader's briefing at the start of the walk Bert explained that the track would be very wet and that the forecast was for rain. His audience decided to give it a go.
Wet tracks have attractions: 'Reflections of walkers caught skirting the puddles to keep dry.'
Eyes down and watch the track is the rule..... ..... But even then, in the mud, things can go wrong. (The Tea Tree survives.)
On view during this walk was a wonderful, memorable, display of flowers.
First the 'Rain soaked Fringed Myrtle Calytrix tetragona' and secondly the 'Flying Duck Orchid Caleana major' which resembles a duck in flight.
Also the Round Leaf Tea-tree Leptospermum rotundifolium and the Broad-leaf Drumsticks Isopogon anemonifolius
But, Monet has done nothing to compare to this masterpiece from the Australian bush: Fairy Aprons, purple Bladderwort Utricularia dichotomaBy the time the mountain's veiwing platform was reached the mist and rain were in control.
The group settled for morning tea.
Diners in the rain were ....1....happy, ...2... not quite decided (but with wet feet) and ....3... unhappy.
Some pics of the track: The rocky stones and the wooden stepping stones were all slippery but no-one came to grief.
There is an HVB story from another walk. Lawrie and Kas were climbing out of a valley at the end of a long day. The weather was either very hot, or very wet, or something very trying.
Lawrie has bushwalked all his life. Kas, a nurse in a hospital nursery for new-borns, enjoys her Fridays off.
The conversation between the two went like this:
Lawrie: 'Are you working tonight?'
Lawrie: 'Well. What I want you to do is select 3 babies, take them out of their cribs, and drop them repeatedly on their heads.'
Kas (appalled): 'What will happen to them if I do that?'
Lawrie: 'They'll grow up to be bushwalkers.'
Photos by Susan (1,5), Ros G (2, 12), Sue S (3,6,7,10,18), Deidre (4,8,9,11,16), Don W (13-15, 17).