Paddle your own canoe

Trip Start Aug 09, 2011
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Lawn Hill National Park Campground

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Today we hired canoes and did the big canoe trip up the gorge. The canoes are all right here at the gorge, but you have to hire the paddles from Adel's Grove which is 10km away!  So we drove there and hired them and also got some for Ron and Ann and also paid our camping fees.






We got a 3 seater and a 2 seater and Ron and Ann got a 2 seater.  Chloe and I were in the 2 seater and the three boys were together.  Luke had been saying that he didn’t want to do the canoe trip until he got a paddle in his hands and then he was suddenly all enthusiastic.  The gorge is increadibly beautiful and going up in a canoe is the best way to see it.  We hadn’t gone too far when we saw a big freshwater croc sunning itself on a rock.  We expected it to jump into the water but it stayed put while we canoed past.  It is a bit disconcerting to think that they are in there while we are swimming!

We paddled up to the falls and then had to haul the canoes out of the water and drag them along a path for a few hundred metres and then back into the water to get around the falls. It was really hard work – they are very heavy!  We then did the second part of the gorge and found a lovely area to have lunch (except that the ground next to the water was literally crawling with baby cane toads).  We all had lunch and then travelled a bit further until our way was blocked by some rapids. 

 
For the return journey I had the 3 man canoe with Luke and Chloe.  It was harder work going back – we thought we would just float back, but there was a headwind.  My back, neck, arms and hands were getting really sore but Luke kept me going by acting as our tour guide and giving us a running commentary of the scenery.  He loved the canoe in the end!

When we got back we had another swim and then we had drinks with Ron and Ann again. 

(These photos were all taken by Ann who kindly let me copy her pictures as we were not game to take our camera with us!)
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andy_andrews@talktalk.net on

Hey Karen, Carl & family! I have just read your fantastic blog, you all seem to be having the time of your life`s. I must say I found all of your adventures fascinating,it is a trip that you could never learn about in the classroom or on the net. You are very lucky to be able to have such an adventure together. How long is your trip scheduled for ?
I will be following your journey with much interest, Give our love to all the family stay safe and take care love from Andy, Sue and family UK

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