Waking up right next to the river was a treat. The white noise of the water boiling and crashing over the rocks was relaxing and I didn't get up until well past sunrise. Being in a steep walled valley also meant the sun didn't get down to me straight away. A big hairy caterpillar had curled up next to the fuel stove so I had to shoo it away. Go munch on some leaves and metamorphose, I told it.
Cirque 2 Sea Day 18 : 18-08-2016
Welcome to Wayatinah
The terrain was difficult for walking with the heavy pack as large rocks blocked the way amongst the mixed vegetation. There was even a patch of hideous cutting grass. The hill beside the river was a cliff at times and scree slopes of loose rocks spilled into the river. I even had to get the rope out and lower the pack down the biggest obstacle so I could clamber down without it. The river continued to look dangerous but it was tempting at times to launch Dave the RC and try my luck.
Before lunch I emerged on a road and was on my way to Wayatinah. There's a salmon hatchery on the river here but most of the hydro workers are long gone from the small township. The busy times here were when the power stations were being built but that time has passed. Dianne welcomed me to the caravan park and I've set up near the lagoon. Just around the corner is the Liapootah power station where 25 students from Hobart are coming to visit tomorrow! I'll be waiting at the gates at 11am, you'll know it's me by the unwashed smell.
River safety tip of the week by the Royal Life Saving Society:
Gain the knowledge and skills to administer first aid until medical help arrives. Anyone at any time may need to give urgent assistance and a Royal Life Saving First Aid and / or Resuscitation Course will equip you with the necessary skills.
Some fantastic posts on the discussion board today, with a great range of ways to describe water. Well done everyone. Over the weekend we have several River Life Posters to give away. Let us know what your favourite river animal is and why to be in the running.
T-shirt winner: Ethan
Royal Life Saving Society winner: Prihambo3
Cirque 2 Sea is a partnership project between the Bookend Trust, the Derwent Estuary Program and our supporters.
- What does a caterpillar turn into and how?
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