MONDAY 26 JUNE KEEP RIVER NATIONAL PARK
Today was another one like yesterday.
We got up about 8am. There was much activity in the camp area – it seems like just about everyone is going today. We will then be the longest staying ones here! It is a pity that so many people do not take the time to fully explore and enjoy this park. Quite a few seem to be here simply as an overnight stop.
In the morning, we heard a pheasant coucal in the distance, and a dingo howling. There was much noise from butcher birds, pardalotes and friar birds.
After breakfast, drove back towards the highway, to the Ranger Station and Cockatoo Lagoon, and watched the birds at the Lagoon for a while.
Then we went back a little way, to the kite hunting hide on Gingers Hill. This was interesting: a low stone walled shelter, with the top camouflaged under spinifex grass. The aboriginal hunters used to light a smoky fire and the black kites – also called fire birds because they hang about fires hunting small creatures escaping from it – came down and were grabbed by the hunter in the hide. Clever!
We went back to the van for lunch – rolls John baked from a bread mix packet. They were good.
We’d driven 36kms this morning.
Later in the afternoon, we did the circuit walk that went from the camp ground. This was the best of the lot. The track wound around through excellent rock formations and across ledges that gave views from quite high up. I was glad we saved this closest one till last.
There were more campers in the campground using a loud generator. Since they were making a noise, John had no qualms about running Truck engine for a short while, as the van battery was low again. It really was most unsatisfactory and we were really annoyed that the so-called solar power expert in Melbourne had equipped us with what was now an obviously insufficient set up for even our modest needs.
Then John worked out how he could switch the second, spare, Truck battery for van use, and all was well for the night. The fridge ran as needed. That was a useful lesson to have learned.
I did a bit of a cook up of apples, also of an onion, capsicum and tomato mix. I had intended to make minestrone soup, to use up the remaining vegies, but John was cross about the fridge and battery not working as we wanted, and did not like the idea of me heating up the van any more. So I threw out the soup ingredients.
Tea was the last of the carrot soup, and salads.
Like last night, the insects came in, in their hordes, and we had to retreat indoors quickly. It affected the whole campground and sounded like it was raining on the van!