Another lovely pancake breakfast this morning followed by a walk to the Lookout. The hill was very tame compared with the Eden Hills variety!
When we came back we took advantage of the quieter campground and I was able to recharge my camera and laptop in the dining area. I have tried several times before but there was always a laptop and phone charging and yesterday discovered that the laptop owner was in Mt Isa when they realised they’d left it behind!
Fergus and I walked along the river enjoying all the quiet little places to sit and take it all in.
We’ve heard lizards scurrying away but there is so much leaf litter and decaying Palm fronds that there’s no way I can spot them before they disappear. The bats left evidence of their overnight presence on the car and vehicle manuals make for interesting reading apparently so Professor Potter had plenty to do while Fergus and I were away walking.
Tonight we pack up the annexe and prepare to move on from this special spot.
I’ve always thought that evenings and nights are the quiet times when all the activities of the day end but at Adel’s Grove that seems to be reversed. In the evening the cacophony begins when bats leave their roosts but added to that are the noises of animals moving about. Fergus was just about turning himself inside out when we walked up to the eating area. He hauled and hauled on the lead pulling me towards one tree and when I shone the torch around the base of the tree there was a very big green frog. It wasn’t until he was in his crate that he settled down.
Last night the warm PJs were discarded and we were back to our normal Pjs, the blanket went too. I was glad I didn’t take the quilt off though because it did cool to about 17 deg, today was predicted to be 33 deg. I’m not sure if it made that but I’m fine. We drove out to Lawn Hill NP to get some information but the place wasn’t manned, it was an interesting drive.
I walked along the river at camp and was teased by more little birds, some I think I could name but others I have no idea about. While Fergus and I were walking Professor Potter was busy putting a water filter on the hose, “fixing” the various ropes and string lines on the camper, fixed his broken headlamp – cable ties trump tape every time! Fergus had a swim/wash in the creek but we took advantage of the solar heated water so we don’t need to have a cold shower either tonight or in the morning.
We made a couple of trips up to the eating area to see if the power points were available but it seems that some devices take many hours to recharge. The Bar/Bistro is closed, we don’t know why, maybe it’s a Queensland Thing, I know it’s not Sunday – my phone might not always do what I want it to but it does know what day it is.
Wherever we walk around here there is evidence of the Botanical Garden established here.
Anytime we’re “offline” it’s not because I’ve given up the blog it’s simply that the internet connection isn’t capable of uploading etc.
I’m beginning to consider putting the quilt back on the bed after a cold night, I even had to get my jacket out of the car before I could start my day. Overnight we learnt what a Barking Owl sounds like, it really does go, “Woof-woof”, haven’t seen any though.
One of Albert’s lemons growing besid our camper
Unknown bird frequents our campsite
At about 8:30 we left for our 9:30 boat trip up the gorge.
The boat is battery powered with solar panels generating the electricity so there was no noise to detract from the beauty of the gorge. The guide was informative without being intrusive which was a relief.
After the boat trip we walked UP to the Duwadarri Lookout then went to the Indarra Falls Lookout, some of the track certainly tested Alex’s knees on the downslopes. The Duwadarri Walk is classed as difficult and the Indarri Falls one moderate so that’s definitely our exercise for the day. The views down to the middle gorge were worth the walk.
Back at camp Alex worked on the sway controller while I pretended I was Atlas holding up the bed. Tomorrow we find out how the adaptation works when we make our way back to Mt Isa.
Alex was able to have his fire tonight, started when it was still light and definitely not cold but it’s all about the atmosphere… and of course the man thing.
A man and his fire. 🙂