BIG HILLS PLUS HEAT AND FLIES
Tuesday December 15, 2015
Six Foot Track – Day 2
It is often said that Australia in summer is all heat and flies. Well it turns out it is true, at least on the Six Foot Track. The fly population from yesterday had multiplied a hundred times and followed us all day long.
We walked from Megalong Campground to the Explorers Tree and then back towards Jenolan Caves stopping at Alum Creek Campground for the night. A total of 30km in 9 hours. The last 3 hours we were driven almost mad with incessant buzzing around our heads and flies crawling onto any moist space on your face, all whike hiking up a step hill. Not much conversation was happening by the afternoon. We sweated and ground out the kms trying to stay calm. Putting up our tent at Alum Creek and crawling inside provided much needed rest and respite.
Despite the heat and the flies the Aussie bush is still impressive. While the landscape on the Six Foot Track is not grand or expansive like some other Blue Mountain walks, the rolling hills and the changing vegetation are a feature of this walk. From the fern covered deep escarpment of Nellies Glen, you descent down through tunnel of gums and open grazing paddocks. A narrow single file track dotted with big sandstone boulders are a feature of the track down to Cox’s River. We saw an overhang on one cave that was home to thousands of wasps. Wouldn’t want to upset that nest. We saw lots of wallabies and kangaroos in areas we had not previously seen them. Maybe it’s the nature of moving slower through the landscape.
Our campspot fir tonight is right by Alum Creek. It is so lovely especially now that the sun has set and the temperature has dropped. The sound of the flowing stream is so soothing, it has almost wiped away the challenges of today.