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Friday, 18 July 2014

Rainbow Beach - Sunday

Sunday, July 13, 2014


Saturday night must have been one of the coldest night in history, and if not, then it was pretty close.  We had to (well, we wanted to) get up early to watch the final of the World Cup Soccer, so we sat there, shivering till the heater would kick in, warming our cold hands on a hot cup of coffee.  However, it was worth it, it was a good game.

After breakfast we did some shopping, got fuel, cleaned the house which had to be vacated by 10 am, and when we were all good and ready we went to the Great Sandy National Park for some serious walking.  As there were a number of geocaches in the area Kevin and I came prepared with our GPS receivers uploaded.




The first cache was on the way to Carlo Sand Blow, although I didn't log it as the first one, because Carlo Sand Blow was an earth cache and I wanted to log that one as my 250th cache.

"Thar She Blows"


"Thar She Blows"




This was a relatively easy one at the top of the stairs that lead to the sand blow.  

Carlo Sand Blow

Carlo Sand Blow









This is an amazing earth cache.  The dunes are among the highest in the world, if not the highest and the actual sand blow (the top of the dunes where the vegetation and lots of sand have been blown away) stretches over 15 hectares!

Somewhere over the rainbow




 

From the start of the Carlo Sand Blow it is a walk across the sand to the next cache.  Plenty of pictures of the sand, but none of the cache!

Next there was a pit stop at the parking lot, so Kevin, Angus and I took the (not so) short walk to the next cache.  A walk along the beach.

Sandway to Heaven


The Coloured Sands in the distance

Kevin and Angus on their way

It's quite a climb!


4WD on their way to the Coloured Sands

Nearly there

A happy Angus coming down

This was a taxing climb and I must admit I have cheated, because Kevin signed the log for me.  I would not have made it to the top.  If we would have had more time I would have driven to the track at the top and walked from there, so would then have been able to sign.  I don't feel too guilty now. ;-)


From this walk we reached our cars which took us to the next spot, a picnic area called Bymien.  A nice secluded area at which we arrived after a 3 km drive along a dirt track.  Good practice for my little car! As it was about lunch time we had a picnic and next walked to Poona Lake.









 






Poona Lake


Poona Lake



The cache was within 20 m from the track that led to the edge of the lake and was an easy find (as you can tell from its size) :-)

As the walk to the lake (and back) was a pretty long one and we still have a 3 hr drive ahead of us there is no time left to undertake more walks, so we leave to go home with a coffee-stop en route.






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