Happy to have made it
Captain Creek Hut, Mt Richmond Forest Park – Sunday 15 March 2020
We left Richmond at 7:30am on a bit of a cloudy day. After the rather long drive we set off with the cry that if the 50 Plus could get there and return in a day, then so could we.
The walk to the Emerald Pool was under some very grey skies. So the pools lacked their intense colour and lacked their normal sparkle which was a bit of a disappointment. We had a break, then began the long ascent of the track that sidles the river. At some points you can get a great view of the river but the track takes considerable concentration with a vast maze of roots and rocks that you have to step through with the right leg, uphill all the way.
The forest was very beautiful and we all enjoyed the good pace, making Captain Creek Hut about 12:45. A few brave ones had a swim and the rest enjoyed a quiet lunch on the river bank. The hut had a stench of discarded gear and this was gathered up by the more responsible of us and carried out.
The long trek back means that the left side is on the uphill so the brain has to do a bit of adjustment. It’s quite a long walk but was lovely with the afternoon sun streaming through the tall timbers. It was quite a contrast when we arrived back at the pools. They sparkled and glowed in the afternoon sun. They are very aptly named. We returned to our vehicles about 4:45 and began the drive home happy that we had, like the 50 Plus, made it.
Participants: Julian (scribe), Kim, Mary W, Christine W, Marie, Marian, Sue J, Eric, Esther, Donell, Pete, Diane, Jo, Colin, Ian W and Julie.