Today we decided to check out Atherton, it’s a much bigger town than Ravenshoe. Sections of the drive into Atherton required 100% concentration as the road was twisting and steep with some very narrow bridges. Our first task was to find an Optician because a lens had popped out of Alex’ glasses, luckily he hadn’t lost the tiny screw because it was different from the normal fixing. The girl was lovely and fixed them for no charge.
We had breakfast then went to “Crystal Caves” a shop which has wonderful rocks and gems. I had wanted to go to Mt Hay to look for thunder eggs but we didn’t get there so I decided to take a chance on some they had in baskets. For a fee we could choose one and crack it open, if there was nothing inside we could choose again. It was difficult deciding which one to choose from the 100 or so in the basket but it was great fun cracking it then seeing what had formed millions of years ago.
After we left Atherton we went to Hastie’s Swamp to find a geoacahe, it was an excellent setting with a bird hide. The only birds we saw up close were a Night Heron half obscured by leaves and a lovely little Kingfisher which dived several times for fish.
Back to camp and the mundane task of laundry.
Some of the volunteers here were working on the engine boiler today and hope to fire it up tomorrow. Apparently it takes about 4 hours of fire before enough steam has been generated to run the engine. We won’t see it because we’re moving on towards Chartres Towers.