WATAGAN NP – 4 June 2020
As some of you may recall, I’ve been searching for some elusive canyons in the Watagans alluded to by the (late) legendary Dug Floyd in a Facebook post many years ago. This was to be my fourth foray into the wilderness, and I almost didn’t make it!
I forgot to put out the garbage the night before and in my haste to get the bin out before the garbage truck passed my house, I tripped over in my driveway. Another step further and I would have fallen under the truck’s rear wheels. The driver very kindly hopped down from the cab to help me up (in my dressing gown no less). No real injury other than some grazes and a sore bruised knee. Turns out it is more dangerous at home compared with out in the wilderness.
Whilst we didn’t find a canyon, this has to be one of the best creek walks I’ve ever done in the Watagans, we’ve named the creek “Palm Grove Creek”, lots of palms and rock slabs. The creek was so nice and the walking so easy that Trish queried whether it was even blog-worthy, it was almost a stroll in the park. But 300m from the end of the walk, the bush threw everything that it had at us!
Paul S and Janine S joined Trish M and me for this Thursday off track walk. I actually abdicated my position as leader on this day cause I was babying my knee, and the group was really good, negotiating a route so that we kept our feet dry and didn’t have any dodgy climb-downs.
You wouldn’t believe how happy we were to make the fire trail, and do the 1.5k road bash to our vehicles. So, we didn’t find any canyon, but found a stunning creek, and one really stunning campsite, we’re talking about a decadence overnight trip just so we can use that beautiful, untouched campsite, just need to decide how we’re going to avoid that awful scrub at the end of the logging trail.
Car to car it was about 5 – 6 hours, and we weren’t hurrying, from our start at 10.15am, and we were having lunch at 12.30pm adn on the road home at around 3.30 or 4pm. Very easy day, thanks so much Janine, Trish and Paul for joining me on this adventure and striking another creek off the Wish List.