Currently reading: Jeff Greenwald – Shopping for Buddhas (still) | René Taton and Curtis Wilson (Eds.) – The General History of Astronomy Vol. 2: Planetary Astronomy from the Renaissance to the rise of Astrophysics (dabbling for thesis) | Sir Isaac Newton – Opticks | David Foster Wallace – Infinite Jest (this one could take a while…)
I decided it was time to finally brave the North Hazelbrook trails again (after my last attempt resulted in a broken wrist), given that they are walking distance from home. It was shaping up to be another hot day and this walk provides lovely shade pretty much the whole way.
I started off at the Burgess Falls entrance on Clear View Parade, but soon came to a creek crossing that involved uneven mossy rocks. As that was the cause of my last (two) mishaps, I turned back at this point and decided to attempt entry from the other side. Not my most courageous moment, but I later found the trail that took me to all three falls (plus a bonus unlisted fall called Glow Worm Nook) with all my bones intact, so I am counting it as a win.
I drove the backstreets of Hazelbrook until I found myself at Oaklands Road, and discovered that the fire trail I took when I first went looking for the falls last August was less than 50 metres from the entrance to the Falls Reserve. The ferns have grown up a little, which explains why I didn’t see the sign on my earlier visit, but the path is very clearly marked once you are on it. I shake my head to think that I could have avoided my fall had I just walked a few more metres up the road. Oh well, live and learn…
Beyond these first falls, as I made my way towards Oaklands, I came to three forks in the path. I took the right fork each time but would like to explore these alternate routes, because the one I took on my return brought me to the lovely Glow Worm Nook, which leaves me wondering what other treasures the reserve has yet to reveal…
The reserve is very pretty and is about a 15 minute walk from my house, so I look forward to familiarising myself with the plethora of side trails and other deviations the circuit has to offer.
Books Completed: Oliver Sacks – The River of Consciousness