Mar(k): Travel, Hiking, and "Doing Good"

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The Thorsborne Trail – a hike of self-sufficiency!

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all packed up and ready to hit the ferry!

Jumping off the ferry at Ramsay Bay was exciting; my best mate Janet and I were off on yet another hiking adventure; the Thorsborne Trail on Hinchinbrook Island in Far North Queensland.  Although only 32 km in length, the walk is truly spectacular and has some tricky bits.  Many (if not most) people take 3 nights, 4 days to walk it; as this is our annual “catch up”, we opted for 6 nights and 6 days of walking (which mostly translated into six days of talking, laughing and eating!).  One of the delights of overnight hiking is the feeling of self-sufficiency;  you are completely self-contained, and can take pride in knowing that you have carried your food, shelter and clothing along with you for the duration of your trek.  Our various body parts were crying in agony after day one, which is usual for a hike; the kinks in the body usually get ironed out after the first night or two, and then it feels great to put on the pack every morning.

Part of the excitement on this particular hike for us was the crocodile experience!  Being “Croc Aware” was something we had to be, as several of the designated camp sites had croc warning signs placed at the entrance to the campsite!   I must confess we spent a few sleepless nights, when every sound of leaves rustling (probably a bush rat nearby) had us imagining being in the jaws of a hungry prehistoric beast within seconds!

Water in abundance, and the view wasn't too bad, neither!

Water was in abundance of this trail, which was quite a difference for me, coming from Western Australia, where it is common to have to carry water over long distances.  Here we had fresh water available at each campsite, and enjoyed the views of a few waterfalls (Zoe and Mulligan Falls) along the way.

Mother Nature’s presence was palpable, as we could still see the aftermath of Cyclone Yasi.  The rangers did a fantastic job of opening up the track again in early July, after being closed for months.  But on the first few days of our walk along the beaches, evidence of the power of the storm was clear; large pieces of driftwood strewn across the beach, competing for space with plastics, and other large pieces of detritus.  Still – it was a fantastic walk and one that any serious hiker should add to their “must do” list.

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Written by Mar(k)

August 10, 2011 at 9:35 pm

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  1. Sounds like a fine time was had by all! Beautiful part of the world with two beautiful people in it! Wal

    Wal

    August 11, 2011 at 7:19 am

    • many thanks, Wal! it really was great!!!

      Mar(k)

      August 11, 2011 at 6:04 pm


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