After two glorious walking days in previous months, our luck had to run out eventually. Admittedly it was only a light drizzle, and if we‟d kept to tracks we could have kept quite dry. Unfortunately our leader (ie me) led the team through the long grass and bracken of Mafeking Rover park in Caveat, resulting in wet legs and the discovery that only one of us (not me) had waterproof boots. The walk started with an impressive granite-paved hill which would have had beautiful views if the day had been clear, then through the trees and wet undergrowth along Kopanica creek. After lunch we voted to take the less wet way back along Gum Rd. In flower we saw rock isotome, clematis and a daisy I‟ve been puzzling over for a couple of years. November will be the last walk for the year.
The last walk of the year started with the weather looking threatening, but it stayed dry and cleared into a warm sunny afternoon. We started at Caveat, crossed Woolshed creek and rambled through some attractive bush with lots of dogwood in flower. Lunch was at the ruins of Moore's hut, beside which was one very tall and one very short cactus, both looking unhealthy after being dam-aged by deer. Exploring in a gully, Izzy and Michael found what must be the World's Largest Wombat hole. The afternoon was through a mixture of pleasant shady bush and open fields, ending up at the Lades in time for after-noon tea. It was good to be led once again by someone who knew the district and the history – thanks Andrew. We look forward to more next year.