Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Girl Power

Mum and I had been planning a walk on the Jatbula trail for weeks now – just us girls, hiking and camping for 66km’s over 5 nights. The plane trip was booked, we had bought borrowed and begged all the gear we needed when disaster struck. Katherine had the highest April rainfall in decades and the trail was going to be closed! After days of investigating alternatives, I finally plucked up the courage to tell mum. Luckily, when one door closes, plenty more always open and we were now embarking on plan B with a Darwin friend Kristin.

A 6 day hike between Barramundi Gorge and Waterfall Creek (Maguk to Gunlom) in Kakadu. An umarked trail, we set to brushing up on our navigation skills, buying topographical maps, seeking permits, asking locals for advice, downloading Google Earth images, dehydrating food, hiking around town with our loaded packs and questioning if we were doing the right thing. Just as we were experiencing doubts, Jessica Watson came to our rescue – us 3 girls were going to give it our best shot and who knows, we might just have a lot of fun along the way!

Only 2 sleeps to go, lists have been written and re-written, maps checked and re-checked, meals cooked, bags packed and re-packed and provisions reviewed over and over again. Mum arrives tomorrow and we head off on Tuesday, returning next Monday after 6 nights in the bush! Wish us luck and I’ll keep you posted on our adventures…

1 comment:

Amanda said...

I thought that was STACKS of food till I realised the mirror was involved.
Have fun.
We did some nice walks at Ayers Rock and The Olgas last weekend - nothing quite up to that standard though!