My brother Jim was visiting from far north Queensland, so it was wonderful that he bravely joined us for this week's adventure.
Our destination was the final of the walks in Brisbane Forest Park. After our 7.30am start and battles with peak hour traffic, our tongues were hanging out for coffee when I pulled up in the carpark for what I believed to be our starting point. Alas, the name on my walking notes did not match those of the park we were in, so we bundled back into the car and drove another 20 mins on the steep windy road, arriving at the Maialia picnic grounds. It was at this point that I realised that the initial park was where I had wanted to be, but had confused the names, hence the wrong notes.
We had obviously been meant to walk here again and another great day of walking down under commenced, once we had shown Jenny our appreciation of her time and effort in providing a delicious date and nut loaf. She assured us that there were only a few calories in the ingredients.
It was a very hot steamy day, so we were very grateful that the canopy gave us protection from the sun's full strength. This week it was rivulets of sweat which left us saturated.
We never cease to be amazed at the construction of the tracks. There is much zig zagging as the gentlest gradient is found.
On our previous visit, this log beckoned me to walk its length, but as it was damp, it was with great restraint that I had declined. With brother Jim here on this occasion, there was no restraint at all.
I was delighted, that with some coaxing and assistance from Jim, the others joined me and some nonsense shots followed.
A short time later Jim was also the instigator of these fun shots. He can definitely come again.
As always, we were fascinated by nature's creativity - the purple fruit of the quandong tree, orange corals and lacey flower like fungi.
The westside track was much steeper and sheer, but on occasions, gave us views to the distant ranges.
Storm damage was again evident.
Birdlife was abundant and colourful. Laurel spotted this blue skink and captured him on film, but the bandicoots [small wallabies] scuttled away quickly.
On our previous visit, we were extremely fortunate to be beside this strangler fig, as the sun's afternoon
rays shone into its interior. A one in a million chance I'm sure and not to be repeated today.
We were delighted that the showers and leeches had held off this week. Alas, not quite true. Jenny discovered a leech as we returned to the car. She had to keep pressure on the spot for the duration of the journey home and then some. On our return, Jim found 2 when we found a pool of blood under his chair, where he was drinking his cup of tea. Unfortunately for Jim, he required antibiotics several days later, as they had become infected. We still all agreed that it was another fabulous day in the great outdoors.
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