Lost and found in the forest

Jarrah forest, originally uploaded by gypsy woman1.

Next leg of the journey takes us into the Jarrah forest area and we take a side trip to Dwellingup, a charming township. The gardens and parks are a mass of roses in full bloom and a very interesting heritage centre explains about the forestry industry. Walking tracks take you around the forest surrounding the centre with interpretive signs and labels and explanations on the trees.

Dieback is a major problem and the day we were there they had a programme of injecting the trees with a chemical to build up the trees resistance to the disease and school children of the area were helping.

We decide that tonight we will camp in the forest. Armed with mud maps from the tourist info centre we turn onto a dirt road leading deep into the forest. The first camp site does not appeal to us so carry on further along the track, which gets narrower…

Eventually we come across a narrow side track and it is fairly level, so carefully drive in, then set up camp. It is so peaceful, we put out the chairs and make a cuppa. We feel like real gypsies…

I hear a loud scuffling sound, “sounds like a large kangaroo” I say. Suddenly a mountain bike rider bursts from the bush, I don’t know who gets the biggest surprise. “There are 9 others following me ” he calls as he disappears into the bush again…

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