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The GSWW Part 2

The greatest thing about camping and hiking in the Lower Glenelg National Park is the wonderful service by a Parks Ranger.  We hiked for three days and camped two nights along the Glenelg River and the ranger came to our camp each night with free steaks, fish, chocolate and firewood and kept us company for a few hours.  A great guy and he even invited us back to his shack along the Glenelg for some more hospitality and a bed for the night.  Of course, being our nephew (MPS’s son) certainly helped!

We had a great week away in a beautiful part of this country.  Last year, we walked some of the south eastern part of the Great South West Walking Track (GSWW) and wanted to do some more this time.  However, we decided to camp out of the car as we are out of nick with hiking with heavy packs; commonly called being lazy!

We banked on it being quiet at this time of the year and we weren’t disappointed.  Check out the description of the 250k GSWW from my earlier blog and we decided to camp at a couple of spots along the Glenelg River (spot the palindrome) this time and do some serious walking along this beautiful track.  Our two camps were at Wild Dog Bend and Battersby’s and the map is here.

This area is 4½ hours west of us adjacent to the South Australian border and we stayed with MPS in Warrnambool on the Sunday night and had a rare catch-up with all the family.  The 2 hour drive from Warrnambool to Nelson on Monday morning was done with the windscreen wipers going flat chat which wasn’t promising. 

We paid our $12 a night camping fee at the Parks Victoria office in the small town of Nelson and then the weather decided to be nice.  In fact, the next three days were ideal for walking and so we were blessed as it turned foul again as soon as we finished.

I’ll do some more about the hiking and camping in the next post with more photos and video clips.  In the meantime, see if anyone can guess what is unusual about this boring photo (not the rain either!).  Of course, the usual rules about employees and family members entering the competition apply.

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  1. AZ
    May 12, 2009 at 4:26 am

    It appears that the road just stops, or maybe your talking about the patio covers for cows?

    AZ – Road goes on and shed would be for hay (feed). If no one else wants to play, I’ll tell you tomorrow.

  2. thomashouseman
    May 12, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Hmm… let me see…
    1) No sunshine – wait, it’s Victoria – that’s normal. That can’t be it….
    2) No traffic… wait it’s country Victoria… That can’t be it either.
    3) No snakes (just put this here to scare the Americans)
    4) No power lines – rare in such a large scenery shot….
    5) ummm… it’s really a lake and they’ve made a road through it it’s been dry so long?
    6) Ahhh MP is missing from the shot!

    Thomas – No 1, part 2 is partially right

  3. Muppet's Mum
    May 12, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I give up.
    Welcome back, by the way.

  4. Muppet's Mum
    May 12, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Oh hang on a minute, it’s half Vic and half SA!

    MM – A winner! Yep, left side is Victoria and SA on the right. That’s Border Road from the highway to Donovan’s where Tom lives. Check map here.

    Prize? How about another year’s worth of Muppet sitting. Then again, I could argue that you qualify as family/employee!

  5. thomashouseman
    May 12, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    What? The border’s crooked! Is it the left, right or middle of the road?

    Thomas – Depends how much you’ve been drinking 🙂

  6. Scott from Oregon
    May 13, 2009 at 3:48 am

    There are no cans of VB lying on the side of the road?

    Scott – Our cans per capita dropped considerably since you left the country.

  7. May 15, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Oh darn it, I had all sorts of clever suggestions like where’s all the kangaroos, did they all go gaga after licking the cane toads, but you already gave out the answer! Boo!

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