I've posted a screen shot of my map from a few days ago with the little blue dot showing where I was when I dropped off the high Traveller Range back down into the valley. You might be able to see the semi circular rim of rocks (mountains) near the top of the photo. That's the cirque and the valley flows south to Lake St Clair where I am now. This is where the raindrops fall that flow down into the River Derwent. It's a spectacular cirque but I don't think it has a name like the Cradle Cirque which is further north. Let's call it the Derwent Cirque until we're corrected. So that makes the last week a big loop of walking. Starting right where I am tonight at the Lake St Clair visitors centre we have traversed the rim of the valley and then dropped into it and come down the middle. All the puddles, trickles, lakes, tarns and creeks that I've passed empty their water into the River Derwent.
Cirque 2 Sea Day 10 : 10-08-2016
Closing the Loop
The mystery tail from yesterday is from a ring-tailed possum, well done those who guessed correctly! It's still a mystery who killed it but it might have been a Masked owl, Tassie devil or even Spotted Tailed Quoll? I doubt it was a wombat (eating buttongrass in this photo) or pademelon because they're herbivores.
Today I walked around the lake and over many fallen trees. The right weather last month has made a mess of the track. I met another bush walker Carl (or Karl) and walked with him as far as Echo Point Hut where he's staying tonight. He is a geologist studying a curious living thing called stromatolites in Western Australia. He thought it would be fun to be back in school learning about rivers and adventures though.
Finally, if you're one of the lucky students going to the National Science Week event in Hobart on Friday- FOBI, swing past the Cirque 2 Sea table and say hi to Ursula and Inge from Derwent Estuary Program and Kara from Bookend Trust. They'll be sifting through water bugs and need some help. Finally, finally, I'll get the water data from tomorrow when I hit the river in the pack raft on the ACTUAL River Derwent!
T-shirt winner: cupcake24
Cirque 2 Sea is a partnership project between the Bookend Trust, the Derwent Estuary Program and our supporters.
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