Reaching the Top

Trip Start Sep 24, 2013
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Trip End Sep 29, 2013


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Twin Falls, Eliot Creek

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Well our first night camping is over, only 3 more to go. We have decided that camping is for the very young , recycled teenanger should not embark on this method of sleeping. It wasn't that bad, just a little different. I should add that getting down to lay on the self inflating mattress is easy, it is the getting up that is the problem. Just as well we had a centre pole to hang on to and drag ourselves up with , otherwise it would have been very difficult for us. On my compulsary toilet visit during the night I noticed something in the bush which looked rather large. " My god " I said to myself, it's a bloody horse and a white one as well. Did not see it on the way back so doubted my first observation. Fair enough, the next morning some of our fellow campers also saw them, ( yes there were 6 of them it seems ) so I felt assured that camping was not affecting my mental state.
After packing our backpacks, rolling up the mattress and folding up our tents, we all gathered for a hearty breakfast. Had one more look at the beautiful beachfront where we stayed and hopped in the bus which took us to the area where we would walk to the Cape.  You can reach the very tip by climbing an easy rocky track for about 15 minutes. Must admit once we reached the top the four of us felt a little emotional, this had taken us 20 years to get here and here we are at last. We did well.
After a fitting celebration we had the choice of climbing down the rocky path or walk down to the beach and wade through the water , back to the bus. Rick and I took the path, the rest of the crew took the crocodile infested waters. All arrived safely.
Next we headed south across the mighty Jardine River. The crossing is only 30 meters or so, cost $ 145.00 return ( not for us ) and you will cross when the indigenous locals feel like doing something. Took a bit of waiting but we got across. Our guide Mark was not happy with one of the wheels on the trailer , too wobbly it seemed, so stopped at the little outpost just over the river, jacked the thing up, tried to get the wheelbearing off, which would not budge. Lots of advice and let me try its later, we felt that we were in a bit of trouble as nothing would come loose. Along came our intrepid saviour from Tasmania, who was heading north, and spend the next hour using his expert knowledge and finally removed the bearing. What a man!!!
By now we were 2 hours over schedule , drove through some outback wilderness to our destination Twin Falls.Twin Falls are spring-fed pools landscaped by nature. You can swim in the pools and sit under the falls. As we had no shower facilities that night a swim was compulsary.
Because we arrived so late, we did not have a lot of daylight left to enjoy the water. Mark reassured us that we would leave later than usual the next day so we could discover all the Falls and have another swim.
Had a lovely dinner , satay chicken, sitting around a campfire, in the company of millions of stars.
Could get to like this camping lark.
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