Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Soo - this is a nice photo of a waterfall yes? Taken during a gentle little walk in the forest you might guess? NO and WRONG.
For my international readers "Bush Bashing" is a term used to describe travelling through the bush without the aid of a track for a substantial amount of time. Orienteering is not classed as bush-bashing as although it doesn't involve too many tracks, the bush is generally light and the conditions are controlled, and relatively short. I'm not really into bush bashing as I recon it's a pretty slow and scratchy way to do things. Which is why our 5 hours of it on Sunday does rather stick in my mind (and legs - literally!). Also let it be said that before the day I was consulted on the track route and I'm almost certain I said "anything is fine, as long as it doesn't involve bush bashing hahaha" (I mean in the Blue Mountains only lost British tourists and insane bushwalkers would intend to bushbash)... Sooo... as it turned out, what was described as a moderate walk beside a creek was actually a bit of a hell walk largely due to a recent flood in the area which flattened all the bushes and trees and obliterated any sort of track that may have existed. I have to admit that I do feel a sense of acheivement now we've done it, and the company was great and we did get to swim in some nice waterpools and it's two days later so, rather like triathlons and childbirth the memories of the bad bits are fading whilst the good bits are still easy to recall! (triathlons - finishing, childbirth - strong drugs) Having said that I think I'd do a (short) triathlon and then take some strong drugs rather than repeat that walk.