Wednesday 17 November
I am relieved to report that hiking this week has been a sheer joy! Thursday afternoon of last week, the heat and humidity was broken by a tremendous thunderstorm. Thirty-one millimetres fell in just thirty minutes. Our summer storms don't necessarily bring relief from the humidity, but a week later, we are still enjoying the return of spring-like days and our nights are wonderfully chilly.
Both the Gaiter Girls and Hungry Hikers chose to make the most of this lovely weather. On Tuesday the GG's headed for Lamington Plateau and hiked 21 kilometres of the magnificent Ship's Stern Trail. Surprise, surprise, there was an overload of images, so I will post later of this amazing day!
Earlier this year, I had climbed Mt Mitchell and Mt Cordeau with my friend Jan. The HH'ers have climbed Mt Cordeau previously, so I felt confident that Mt Mitchell wouldn't be a problem for them. As we made our early approach to Cunninghams Gap, [starting point] both peaks were shrouded in cloud. The closer we came, the more ominous their cliff-front height looked.
We were only four this week. There was almost revolt in the car as we drove beneath the towering vista of Mt Mitchell. I rapidly reassured them that this was yet another amazingly, graded trail and they would love every minute of hiking.
I'm happy to report that they did love it except for the visit of the unhappy, mother bower bird, the treacherous bogs, raging streams, a frightening python and many tree falls! They rose to the challenges (all very minor] and made it to the top gasping, not for breath, but for the glorious views and ever-changing vegetation.