Friday, 1 September 2017

Author's day out + Day Four of health challenge

I love living where I do, in Batemans Bay on the south east coast of Australia. I can walk to the beach, and less than a few minutes away to the west is the mountains. My husband and I love exploring the outdoors and we like to camp. It's a wonderful way to see parts of Australia that not everybody gets to see. 

Bendethra Caves is located in a national park, two hour's drive from me. It's been on my To Do list for a while. Yesterday, my husband and I finally ventured to the caves.

O.M.G. What an adventure. Even before we made it to the camp grounds near the caves, we saw wildlife that is unique to Australia. This is the echidna we saw crossing the road. We pulled over to take a photo but he took off running. He didn't like having his photo taken.

There's an echidna burrowed under the fallen tree.
 
When we got to the campgrounds we saw a wombat. Naturally I got out of the car to take a photo. He took off running too. He didn't like his photo being taken.
 
Every time I lifted up my camera, the wombat started running.
 
We had a quick lunch on the camp BBQ then we started our walk to the caves. Firstly, it's an 8 klm, 2.5 hour return walk to the caves. I told myself this will be good for my health kick.  There were 6 creek crossings and the last 350 metres (the sign says) is steep. It was practically rock climbing to get to the top. 


This is a photo of the terrain closer to the caves.
 
 But we made it. Then we went exploring inside. We had torches and headlamps to guide us so we were able to go into a few sections of the cave.
 


Limestone stalactites close to the entrance.
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Chain ropes helped us get into another cavern.

 
My adrenalin was pumping. What an exhilarating experience. We reached a point where the cave became narrow, and we hadn't realised how far we could go, if we'd have known we'd haven gotten there earlier. We were running out of daylight, so we headed back to the campsite.

All up our trip to the caves and back took 3 hours. We definitely want to go again. Next time we'll take helmets, because if one of us had slipped on the limestone...

Mr R relaxing after the long trek.

 
What a stunningly serene place to camp for the night.




Day Four Author's journal:

Food:

Morning:    Jam sandwich, black coffee
Snack:       handful of M&Ms in the car ride to Bendethra
Lunch:       2x chicken skewers, 3x crumbed beef strips
Snack:       muesli bar on the walk back from the caves
                  more M&Ms, (trust me, I needed the energy boost)
                  potato chips when we got back to the campsite
Dinner:      meatballs in bolognaise sauce and pasta

Alcohol:     way too much, let's not go there. Suffice to say I think I walked it off.

Exercise:

Morning:    40 minute walk with the dog
Afternoon:  2.5 hour bush walk - high energy, I was sweating
                  30 minute cave exploring

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