Sunday 4 October
4.15 pm and our first view of The Pyramid, Girraween National Park.
We parked, donned back packs and set forth to ascend this granite outcrop for sunset views.
A 5.2 km, grade 4, return hike, we had given ourselves plenty of time to enjoy the serenity and beauty of the trail. It was initially gentle, but nearing the base, our pace slowed as the elevation rose rapidly. Taking time to catch our breath, we listened to birdsong and were amazed at the proliferation of boulders.
A view across the valley to Turtle Rock, in the vicinity of our destination the following morning.
The final push to the top is about to begin. From the carpark it looked very doable, but the incline even here, was such, that it was difficult to stand easily. Joc and Marlene quickly made the decision to go no further. I was tempted to join Jan, but given the hour of the day, I chose to remain too. The views were still pretty special and I couldn't guarrantee that my body would not freeze if I went higher.
Jan sets off.
The next 2 photos were taken in 1987, when I was 7 months pregnant with my second son. Yes, I made it to the top and don't recall it being a hardship. It is in more recent times that my body has developed a fear of heights. I never know when it will react.
When Jan reached these girls, some 50 m ablove us, she had all but made the decision to turn round. Their encouragement and directions were very timely.
Waiting for Jan to enjoy our freshments and sunset.
Glorious twightlight views, as the sun went down.
As much as we wanted to stay and watch the stars of the Milky Way appear, we departed early enough to safely negotiate the steep descent. Our headlights were switched on in readiness for the approaching dark.
Returning to our accommodation, we reflected on what a magical day this had been with rainforest, a waterfall, rural views, murals and a tranquil sunset. What excitement would the morrow bring?
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