Last week, I embarked on my first solo 3-day hike to Wilsons Promontory. I completed a circuit, starting and ending at Telegraph Saddle, via Sealers Cove, Refuge Cove and Little Waterloo Bay. Below is my recount of day one, with the next two instalments to follow! Please excuse the photo quality, as I only took my light-weight compact camera, AND had it on the wrong image quality setting!
DAY ONE: The Unexpected Can Happen.
I was not sure what time I arrived at Sealers Cove, but it was sometime late in the afternoon, when the tide was heading lazily back out into Bass Strait. I removed my boots and socks, and waded through the rusty-brown water of the tidal inlet, relieved to find that it was only knee-deep. The water was deliciously cool, and the sand beneath my feet felt soft and velvety.
I scampered up the opposite embankment, walking barefoot through the forest, feeling the firmness of the earth, cool and compact against the soles of my feet. Sandy campsites lay scattered among the Bracken Fern and Messmate, each one worn smooth and level by the pitching of tents and the patter of boots from the thousands of hikers that had come here before me. (more…)