Sunday 22nd September 2013
Leader Virginia Olsen
The alarm rings savagely at 5.00am, and it needs to – in order to be drawn out of the sound of heavy rain on the roof. What sort of a nutter am I?!
Russell is picking me up at 5.40am and I’m heading to Healesville to tackle “Tanglefoot”. Rumours are that it’s the ideal preparation for Kokoda. It’s also pitched against the Social Day at Red Hill. Short walk, swim, spa, food, bonfire… who wouldn’t choose that?
As it turns out Eileen, Pam, Russell, Trevor, Andrea, Wayne and Ray have a similar “masochistic tendency” to Virginia. (It’s those happy smiling ones you’ve got to watch!!!)
We pick up Trevor and arrive at The Jolly Miller Café, in Healesville, for a quick coffee before meeting up with the others. Then it’s a car convoy to Monda Track carpark. Waterproofs, coats, gaiters … and even Pam’s brolly – we’re prepared for the worst, but the light rain seems to be clearing.
The walk takes us through impressive one hundred year old Mountain Ash goliaths fringed by the Myrtle, Beech, Blackwood and a plethora of magnificent tree ferns. We see two Lyre-bird and a kangaroo on the way up so we’re optimistic of good faunal specimen sightings. We hear them, and the call of a black cockatoo, but they remain elusive.
Lunch is at Wirrawilla Carpark where our group divides into the shady characters(Russell, Trevor, Eileen and Pam) and the sunny set(Virginia, Andre, Wayne and Ray) in the choice of tables.
After lunch it’s onwards and upwards to the cars. Approximately 15 kilometres, in beautiful country with delightful people.
Turns out I’m not such a nutter aftersall.