Leaders – Michele, Julie, Paul, John & Colin
Distance walked 12.0k
Walkers - Michele, Julie, Paul, John & Colin
As we drove out the weather seemed to be clearing and we were hopeful it would stay that way. We arrived at Stinson Park to find the parking areas very soft with overnight rains. Much work has been done here with new toilets and BBQ facilities and eating areas. Very slight drizzle as we started off. The valley ahead of us was covered in mist and clouds – a very magical scene.
John was right, the walk up was extremely pretty and we had the babbling of the Christmas Creek to listen to as we walked. We encountered many views of the creek as we walked up that we had always missed when driving directly to the John Buchanan Crossing. John mentioned Buchanan’s Fort, a towering escarpment on our left that took an age to walk past. We could also see the many waterfalls in the hills on both sides.
We encountered a small herd of cattle on the road who were much bemused and very curious about us as we walked past. A little later we decided to have smoko under some trees, the only available shelter from the drizzle for quite a way.
After smoko we continued on to find the causeways toward the end just passable. However, we did turn around at the last causeway deciding that crossing it was likely to lead to a good dunking had we proceeded. We were extremely pleased with the walk and happy to get as far as we did. On our return we encountered som intrepid bike riders also out to get rid of the “cabin fever” and have a ride whatever the weather. We chatted about the conditions and advised that we had decided to turn around at the last causeway. The continued on for a look and then when the passed us on their return they mentioned that they also had decided to be cautious and not tackle the water.
We continued on our return getting a different perspective of the creek as we walked back. We had decided to have our lunch back at Stinson Park as the facilities were good and as usual John went striding ahead, often putting a big gap between the stragglers taking photos. An enjoyable lunch was had and then we continued by car to Beaudesert where had coffee and conversation.
A wonderful day out, despite the weather - Colin