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May 13 2018

Mini-Adventure #4. This morning’s mini adventure was down the hill to Forrestfield via Whistlepipe Gully across the foothills and then back up via Lesmurdie Falls to home. It was about a 10.6kms round trip, you can see the map on Strava if you are inclined. My average speed was about 6.5km’s/hour so not rocketing along but given the terrain acceptable. With the cloud cover about it was still dark when I left home but it was light enough by the time I hit the trail and it was absolutely beautiful down through Whistlepipe Gully. I know Lesmurdie Falls gets all the press but Whistlepipe Gully is the real treasure for my money. One advantage of getting out so early was I had the place to myself which is always nice.

Whistlepipe Gully

Because it was Mothers Day I was on a bit of a mission to get down and back so I didn’t stop any more than I needed to. I wanted to get some conditioning for hills and also I wanted to scope out the approach to Lesmurdie Falls from the bottom as when I attempt the walk all the way home from the City that is the way I will be coming back and I have never come up on the falls from below before. There is not a lot of water in the creeks yet but I expect both trails will only become more scenic with more water flow.

Spotted this wooden bench off the track above Lesmurdie Falls, I don’t know who the craftsman was but it’s a work of art:

Wooden Bench

The rest of the day was mostly spent spoiling mothers -mine and the kids! Lisa and I made a minestrone stew which was a hit with all three generations present. I also got a bit of time in the shed, no massive progress on any projects but I enjoyed myself :)

From the web: Go the plant based diet- 8 Million Fewer Would Die if the World Went Vegan and a topic dear to my heart: A Study Shows That Work-From-Home Employees Are Way More Productive, I just need to find a willing employer!

We have Quenda’s living in our backyard. I have been wanting to post about them for a while but I was holding off waiting to get a photo but they are reasonably shy and by the time I think about pointing a camera they have disappeared again. The photo below is from the linked Wikipedia article. According to Wikipedia there are only “isolated and increasingly restricted populations known from south-western Western Australia” so we are very pleased to have them and other than a bit of digging through the mulch and the occasional sighting it’s pretty hard to know they are there.