Sunday, 15 November 2015
Today we went orienteering at Conningham which was just so pretty I had to post the above photo.
Then we went for another training hike to Pelverata Falls which was sort of on the way back home. It was a 7k round trip.
Aside from getting some hiking fitness, the purpose of these walks is to get the kids used to carrying their (ideally loaded) packs. And as we weren't heading to an alpine area today, their packs didn't have all their warms stuff and were consequently a bit light. So between them packing their bags, and us all starting the walk I snuck a brick into each of their packs. A nice glass brick mind you, but a brick nevertheless.
So as we parked and the kids picked up their packs, they both grumbled that they seemed a pretty heavy but they put them on anyway and we headed off. We were in a bit of a hurry as Zali had complicated afternoon plans with her friends that she was stressing about, so she was a bit out of sorts anyway. In fact she'd been out of sorts all morning, so a forced march and a heavier pack than she was expecting (the brick weighed about 2.5kg) was enough to push her over the edge.
So after 10 minutes of walking, she threw the pack down on the ground and started pulling out items to see why it was so heavy.. out came her jumper, water bottle, then she pulled out the pillowcase I had the brick in. Then she found the brick, and looked at me, horrified. Jett, who was right behind me witnessed everything. So the game was up. "Seriously???" said Jett as he put his pack down. "Um… yep" I replied, then, as it looked like I might have a complete mutiny on my hands.. I tried a little anthropomorphism… "It's Bricky!.. Bricky wants to see the waterfall"
"Then YOU can take Bricky to the waterfall" said Zali, repacking her bag without Bricky. So I did. In the end it worked out ok though - Jett decided to continue to carry his own brick and then Zali was game enough to carry it home again. So we all got some extra training in!
Here's Bricky (1 & 2) and us at Pelverata Falls.