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Pigeon House power!

You don't mind if I post about something the kids didn't do, do you? Nah, I didn't think so!

Yesterday as part of my new part-time job as a Discovery Ranger, we took a group up Pigeon House Mountain (Didthul - is the correct indigenous name) in Morton National Park. (at this rate, I may as well give you my full name and the kids names so you can figure out my real identity!!)


Well, we would have, except no-one turned up! A friend of ours and the boss's kid do not paying customers make. Anyhoo, we did it anyway. It was meant to be a geology field trip, busting the myth that Pigeon House is an extinct volcano.

It is a 5.5km out and back hike, with some very steep sections!




Note the Grade 1 hike! That's steep!!
 Put your treadmill on 13% (if it goes that high) and experience my pain!

But it is an amazing walk, with beautiful flora, interesting geology and spectacular views from the top!

Our little group, ready to go!

The rocks at the start of the walk are 500 million year old
 folded metamorphic "basement" rocks

Woollsia pungens - snow wreath - beautiful honey scent

Drosera sp. - Sundew - a carnivorous plant that lives in waterlogged soil

Native snail

External mould of a pectin shell - a marine fossil - found at the base of the "house"

Yes - it was a steep climb!

260 million year old Nowra Sandstone!




My house is out there somewhere...


Stunning scenery - rivers have eroded down through the
 layers of sandstone and mudstone to form this landscape

Banksia serrata - old man banskia


Nowra sandstone cap forms the "house" on the top.

A sweaty Ranger Ingi at the end of the walk!

We have actually done this walk as a family two and a half years ago - in the winter, when sensible people tackle it!





We are very lucky to live in a beautiful part of the world and I love that I can share it with you!


Comments

  1. Wonderful! These pics make me want to take a trip to your part of the world. It would be an awesome homeschooling adventure. Need to win lottery!! ;)

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  2. Thanks for the pictures, it was one place that we didn't get to in our 3 years at nowra, I was a bit worried that I wouldn't make the distance. Maybe We will come back as tourists and tackle it.

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