We were lured by the promise of a unique waterfall as a reward for the 90 minute hike through rough terrain. This was not a day for the in-laws. In response to the multiple "bear safety" signs we began the trek dutifully clapping before realising that the children make much more noise in their natural state and that any sensible bear would now be miles away. We didn't see any bears. The constant threat, however, was enough motivation to ensure that Jonah ate all his lunch and didn't leave any scraps.
The, boring road-like first section of the hike soon narrowed into an undulating, single-file path that Elliot managed to turn into an obstacle course yet again. It eventually became more challenging to the point where even he began to show some caution.
|The start of the trail at the carpark|
|Notice read. Let's go.|
|Only 2.9km...we can do it!|
|An enthusiastic start|
|Pretty wildflowers along the way|
|A lot warmer today compared to yesterday. A hot walk...|
Jonah was the exception. He was wet and far from impressed. It wasn't long before he was happy again with wet clothes removed and a fistful of dehydrated caramel apple slices. He was proud of his effort, but lectured Malcolm on the return journey about the flaws in his risk benefit analysis.
The trek back was uphill, long, hot and involved a lot of squelching socks and sneakers. Despite this the kids (older two) didn't complain and said it was thoroughly worth it.
The remainder of the day was much more civilised... Nap, restaurant dinner (best off cruise food to date), sunset kayak, bed. zzzz.
|Finally...our first glimpse of the water|
|The children...just to get a sense of scale!|
|Great way to cool down. Absolutely drenched right down to underwear and socks!|
|Drying off the bodies|
|The beautiful view down the river|
|Make shift dryer|