The Heysen 18: Moon River

Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 8.56 km

Easy day today. 9 km all on dirt roads, except where the Heysen took a shortcut across a stream (apparently needing to fill some kind of stream-walking quota). Open scenery with ranges in the background.

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Emu tracks

I arrived at Middlesight Water Hut shortly after noon despite leaving Yanyanna Hut late, so I lounged around, read the logbook and climbed a few hills for the view. I had just teenage boy-peed (peeing in the open, sometimes but not always in close proximity to an actual toilet) when a day hiker turned up. In my defense, this isn’t exactly the crowded AT, okay? But if he saw anything, he was polite enough not to mention it.

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Middlesight Water Hut

The moon rose like a beast tonight, like a supermoon, creating an odd effect where there was substantial light from the sunset and moonrise at the same time. I’m sitting on the tent platform, wishing that I could identify more of the constellations and singing ‘Moon River’ to myself even though the only words I know are ‘moon river’ and ‘someday’. Another good thing about hiking solo: no one will be annoyed by you singing songs endlessly and not knowing 95% of the words. (Though to be fair, a hiking partner/servant might actually know the words to Moon River, and be willing to spend several hours developing a harmony.)

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Beast-moon

I hear an emu, which make a distinctive sound like woodblocks.

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