Off to the gorge we go !!!

Trip Start May 16, 2010
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Trip End Jul 06, 2010


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Nitmiluk National Park

Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Thursday, June 3, 2010

Well how great it was waking up this morning with the doona on, it is almost like the humidity has just been switched off at the tap !! Beautiful 30c days and cooler nights BLISS !!

Todays adgenda was to set off for a hike, we left the information centre around 10am an headed off on the Southern walk which took us up onto the top of the gorge and then around the top to "Pats Lookout".  The kids were decked out in their camelpacks which were well stacked with muesli bars and apples. They have quickly learnt the drill and have been told they can take whatever fits into their packs that they can carry, Josh even pulled out a whole pack of biscuits as well !! 

This hike was to be 8.5km return, our aim was to hopefully get to the southern rock pools which were high enough not to have any crocodiles in them, as its a bit tricky for them to swim up waterfalls into the rockpools.  The first 2 km was uphill but the next 2km was a little easier, it was all made worthwhile when we got to the top and found some rockpools.  We propped on the edge and cooled off and eat our sustenace has it was a tiring 4km wallk.  When we had consumed our first snack we were ready to explore a little futher, Alby had gone MIA down one side of the rockface and Timmy had climbed further ahead over the next set of rocks only to come back with great excitement at what he had found.  Over the next set of rocks he had found a small gorge that had a sandy bottom and knee high water to walk though, so off we trotted kids in toe.

Meanwhile I was a little worried about Alby, he seems to think he is "the man verses Wild" and looking for his next adventure!!  So being the good bush treker that I am I sent out a very loud COO EE , just to see if he was ok and got one straight back with what sounded like an extra expletive on the end of it!  On his return he had found where the waterfall had entered a revine so we climbed our way down the edge for what he insisted was going to be a great photo.

Whilst having our photoshoot on the edge of the rock shelf with the waterfall as our backdrop, we found that we could climb all the way in to the rockpools below.  Well actually we heard a huge splash and knew Alby had stripped off and jumped in !!  Josh and Tash were not far behind him and soon all the kids and Timmy were in.  As for me I was happy dangling my feet and taking on my role as professional photographer, after all when dressing this morning I wasn't aware I should have worn my perfect" Elle McPherson" underwear for swimming purposes !!

As for Shaz, well she was happier up on the top of the rocks watching from afar, although she did climb a little way down the rock shelf when I threw a museli bar up to her and it got stuck a little below where she was sitting. Its amazing what a differnce a little chocolate chip enticement makes for her !!

The kids had a blast they were climbing the rockface and jumping into the rockpools below, although scared at first watching Jay do it, (maybe it was having to witness him in those blue jocks ) the adreneline was certainly flowing after a couple of jumps.   It wasn't long before they all forgot they were in their undies (or bra and undies in Zoes case) and were oblivious to the additional audience that had gathered and were watching them.

After a couple of hours of frivolity it was time to don our clothes and shoes and hike back to camp.  I was so proud of the kids as they didnt even flinch at another 4.5 km walk back in 30c heat, well maybe Zoe had a little grizzle but that didnt stop her hiking back like "Elle" would in just her bra and short shorts!! Shaz and I were just jealous that she could, and both for opposite reasons !!!

 Four hours turnaround we arrived back at camp, and enjoyed a swim and a great bbq dinner. Chatting to our friends Brian and Elaine we have now earned the title of " Grey Nomads in Training"
What a fantastic day ....................

 

   
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AnnieE on

I'm enjoying your nightly blogs. Looks like you are enjoying making them.

Marg & Tone on

Love this Blogg Neet - Can you help Shaz catch up with her Bloggs-maybe feed her a choc muesli bar as an enticement. We will accept you as an apprentice or a "work in progress" Grey Nomad. You will have to be good and maybe put a bit MORE colour in your hair and don't forget the finger wave. PPS Were you posing in bra and nickers in the rock pool?????????? (good heavens)

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