So we positioned and constructed and before you knew it we were settled just in time for lunch. Wondering how much the flooding had affected the campsite was fairly easy to see. Debris was all over the lower section (where we were) to a possible knee depth (guestimation) but everything seemed to be in functioning order and the grass was impossibly green.
We explored the creek again to see what had changed. Guestimating the height way above our heads standing in the creek really made me appreciate high ground. As we wandered further up the creek, I happened to rescue a wayward floating thong much to the relief of the young thong wearers mother. The dad and many other hands were building a dam wall for the little kids to swim in relative safety and they were doing a marvelous job of it. Glad to see they weren't building it on the 4wd crossing though. And incidentally, quite a few 4wd's were using that crossing and disappearing for hours. Maybe next time we'll see where they go?
I took some star photos as the boys checked the creek for creatures.
Alas, one of our neighbours were in a caravan (not the issue) and were loudly having fun (not the issue) and had a generator going until late in the night (the issue) and again first thing in the morning (the issue), but thankfully they packed up the next morning and then left while we climbed the hill behind the campground again. Glad to repor that the Telstra Rural Ready phones mean you don't need to go quite so far up the hill to find a signal ... YAY!
The Rangers came in and did something with the pump down by the creek this morning before we headed up the hill. They kept returning to the pump and somewhere near the facilities, but finally left. Not sure what they were doing, but with the flooding I'm sure it was something important.
Dinner consisted of crumbed snapper, prawns with a two tonne of chips. As a car passed by the camp after dinner, we spotted the Easter Bunny eating the shorter grass around the edge of the camp! I knew he'd find us, even being so far from home!! Headed up to the facilities only to find the ones in the day use area don't have the solar lights helping you see the way like the ones in the camp ground. A good torch is something to keep in mind as there are snakes around the area and some of them poisonous. Also keep in mind as the weather cools down at night, that a shower before the sun goes down is a pretty good idea! Talk about freeze ya tits off otherwise. Another early night due to the cooler weather.
Next day dawns bright and clear once again. So much for the weather prediction of showers. Heading up the road above the campground, we take a walk for a few kilometres further up the valley. Would be good to have horses or be able to drive. Which some people are doing on the other side of the creek. Wonder how far they will get?
We head back to camp to do the slow pack up. I found a watermelon growing so we've made a cute face for you.
And it's been raining on and off ever since.
Trip Kilometres: 290
Trip Duration: 72 hours