Monolith Valley

DSCN7823We took some time out and packed up the kids and a few essentials and headed for the bush. Boy – it wasn’t as casual as this at all!!! Patrick took care to plan a route, I bought bigger boots and pants for some of the kids, lighter sleeping mats, gas and whatnot, calculated every biscuit and jelly bean we would consume on this 4 day hike and I even pre-cooked some meals which I then dehydrated… so it was actually really busy for days before we left. Despite all the careful planning and plotting – we still carried 13kg of food for all of us, 10litres of water and each ‘adult pack’ weighed way over 10kg…

We drove to Nowra, dropped the dogs at the budget kennels and drove another hour to Wog Wog, the car park. By then it was 2pm… much later than we had hoped, and we walked more or less straight to the nearest camping cave (3.5 hrs) at Corang and set up camp. It was totally amazing – we got there just as the sun went down and had just enough time to pitch the tents, get a fire going and cook a meal. We didn’t need the tent flies, so we saw the bright starry sky all night… just magic. DSCN7830 DSCN7835 DSCN7837

The next day we walked for 3.5 hrs to the next stop and set up camp near Bibbenluke Mountain for the next two nights and had lunchDSCN7838 DSCN7840 DSCN7841  DSCN7895

From the camp we had a great view of Mount Tan – the destination for our afternoon expedition. DSCN7848

Massive rocks everywhereDSCN7876 DSCN7880! DSCN7872

In the evening we had a great meal of re-hydrated spaghetti Bolognese and instant chocolate mousse (shaken not stirred in an empty water bottle and then put in the waterfall ‘fridge’).DSCN7897 DSCN7898 DSCN7900

We set out early for our day walk (without packs, phew!) to Monolith Valley. It was unbelievably beautiful, but the ‘track’ was not always obvious to us, so we took a few wrong turns. DSCN7913 DSCN7915 DSCN7923 DSCN7924 DSCN7926

But we did eventually end up on Mount Owen, enjoying the amazing views.DSCN7930

DSCN7932 DSCN7933And the way ‘home’ to our camp was much the same – finding the ‘path’ was often guesswork…DSCN7936 DSCN7939 DSCN7941

We saw amazing country. DSCN7955 DSCN7956 DSCN7960 DSCN7961 DSCN7962 DSCN7981

Amazing plants and bright green regrowth after a massive bushfire.DSCN7947DSCN7857 DSCN7912 DSCN7969 DSCN7986

Hope you had a good Easter!