Hi from Australia

September 23rd, 2016
Hi from Australia

For my first Australian post, I am going to highlight a walk we took to the 'Convict Trail', a walking trail just north of Sydney, that was built by ... convicts. 

 

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View of road and supports

The road is quite an achievement, when you consider that it was built in the 1820s by convicts under the supervision of other convicts.

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Parapet along the road for support

They have a rather intricate system of drainage as well which must have worked well to survive almost 200 years of torrential Aussie rainstorms. Along the route, of which about 5 KM is well preserved, they have small monuments that share stories of the people that built the road.

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A sad tale of separation and death along the road

They also have a number of silhouette statues along the way which are very effective to show small, life-sized vignettes of life during that time.

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Working on the chain gang

This small area under an overhang is called the hangman's seat. The story is that the hole you can see in the overhang was a convenient place through which to hang people. They don't believe that anyone was every hanged here though. I think it would be pretty easy to escape!

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Take a rest and dont lose your head

The trail forks into several other routes which cater to bicyclists, hikers and 4wders.

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Off to Finches Line which brings you back in a circle to the beginning of the road.

Finches line is very beautifual as well, and I suspect not much travelled. The scenery and greenery is almost overwhelming.

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Walking the line

At the top of the walk, the trail runs along an escarpment that overlooks the Hawkesbury River. This offers a beautifual view of the river and Wiseman's Ferry.

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Spectacular view

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End of the Line - or the start!

Location: Wisemans Ferry (2000), New South Wales, Australia

Walk about - Keji Style

May 23rd, 2016

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Get your bearings

AS we prepare to move to Australia and start to learn about 'walk-abouts', we decided to prepare by doing a walk about in Keji. Normally, we do a canoe-about, but the wind was a bit too strong and we did not want to have a blow-about on Keji Lake.

Keji is well sign posted, even when on the water, and so with just a bit of attention to detail, you should not get lost.

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Not so far - just an hour or so

The trails, on and off the water, are groomed and the tricky parts have extra support.

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Path over wet spots

The old growth forest in Keji is defintely worth the walk to see. The old pines and hemlocks are as big as they get in this part of the country.

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Look up, look way up

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Not a Sequoia, but still pretty big

Our goal was the upper or northern chain of lakes. We call this area Frozen Ocean after the largest lake in the chain. At this point, we are 4.5 KM from the parking lot and almost to the closest camp site - #17.

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In the woods

As a hiking destination, 17 is great. As a canoeing destination, it is far too far to get to for the reward of the site.

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Waterfront location

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All sites are great, but there are better for the length of time it takes to canoe here

We were not the only denizens wandering about. We met up with a number of snakes...

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Totally harmless

... and a few interesting growths.

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Just a regular old mushroom

After a brief refreshment and a short rest to admire the view, we turned around and walked out.

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Ready to walk

On our way home, we stopped to take a picture of ourselves in the big red chairs. All parks now have these chairs. Last year, there was a competition to see who could photograph themselves in the most park chairs.

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Keji Chairs

Just for fun, here we are at the Keji seaside adjunct in their big chairs.

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On the ocean

Location: Keji, Nova Scotia, Canada