Friday, January 15, 2010

Wombat Heaven

Although of course this blog is about walking, as it says above, it is also about snapshots of my life during the run-up to VBW, which starts on May 15th this year. So from time to time it will contain posts, such as this one, which have nothing to do with walking. We are currently in transit and little walking will be done until we arrive in New Zealand, where there will be a burst of several weeks at a reasonably high kilometrage, after which there will be another period of quiescence while in transit back to Europe, then a few weeks light training before I line up at the start.

I don't know if I have mentioned that my wife is mad about wombats. Yesterday Dana drove us to Coolendel, which is about 40 kms from her home. It is a campground set in the woods, well down a very rutted track and deep in the woods. Completely cut off from the outside world, no phone signal, anything could be happening out there and probably is.

The attraction for us, especially for Gay, is that, in addition to many wallabies, it is home to lots of wombats. It is the first time we have seen them in the wild. We were told they would appear in late afternoon. Somebody told us we would fall over them on the way to the toilet. This was almost true. There were certainly plenty, including one mother with a baby, which she seemed to be trying to get rid of. I don't think we got a decent photograph of that, but the one above with Gay shows how approachable the creatures are, certainly at Coolendel.

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