The Heysen 60: Nature

Saturday, November 05, 2016 – 12.44 km

I woke up early today, but the next campsite (Rossiters Hut) is only 12 km from Tanunda, so I lingered in the caravan park to update this journal and charge my phone. The lounge area had a claw crane. I’ve never played a crane game before and believe that I ought to at least once in my life, but I was afraid that I might win and have to carry the prize, so I’ll just add it to my bucket list alongside such wise and meaningful goals as ‘eat a twinkie’, ‘sculpt butter’ and ‘see Dalek’ (not sure what I was thinking with that one).

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More vineyards heading out of town. Today’s prize was at the end of a long and gradually sloping road walk, when the HT entered Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park. The park was filled with beautiful, dense native flora and looked untouched. For the first time in ages, I thought ‘this is nature’. It was refreshing, but also a sad reminder of what we sacrifice for the sake of our dinner tables.

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After the conservation park, the area around Rossiters Hut seemed singularly ugly. It’s part of the Mount Crawford Forest Reserve and was recently logged, with baby pines as the only trees in sight.

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The hut was covered with spiderwebs and rodent droppings. The last visitors were more than a week ago, so the filth has had some time to compile. I swept it out, but my reaction when I dropped my pot lid on the floor was still ‘????!!!!!!!!’.

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I have no idea how this scene came into existence.

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