The walkers nominated Julie C to be the leader today.
We all met up at O'Reilly's Car park just before 8 am and set off to do our walk. The Border Track entrance was closed for maintenance and signs directed us to go along the Booyong Boardwalk and then back onto the track just past the Botanic Gardens.
We walked out to the Morans Creek Cairn (Forestry Department Cairn) which was 820m off the Border Track. We normally walk straight past this sign and have always wondered what was up there. Was a lovely walk and a good track. A nice cairn with a plaque on it in memory of the Queensland Forest Service who developed the walking tracks from 1915 to 1975. Also a bit further along was some information on a sign and ruins of when it was a long-term bush camp for the workers who developed the tracks. We had our morning tea just near the old well which had a "holey bucket" left there.
Then we doubled back on the Border Track and turned off to do the Box Forest Circuit which we did clockwise so as we could have our lunch at Picnic Rock. There was so many different fungi today and yes of course I had to take heaps of photos of them. We had a look at Boxlog Falls and Sue asked me to video it, like Colin does. Yes Colin's name got mentioned many times today and I just had to get everyone to do a "walk-by video" with a few comments for Colin from some of the walkers.
One creek that we crossed was quite high and the rocks were very slippery. Many thanks to Paul who helped the walkers to cross it. We had a late lunch at Picnic Rock and Paul spotted quite a few Lamington Spiny Crays and when he was showing them to me I also spotted an eel next to them.
Because we got back early we had our refreshments at the O'Reilly's Cafe out on the back deck, which we haven't done for quite a while as usually we arrive back too late, just as they are closing. The milkshakes were very miserable and had no ice cream in them and so were almost warm and not refreshingly cold like you would expect a good milkshake to be.
Next time we will go back to waiting until we get back down to The Outpost Cafe because it was very disappointing up here with Paul also having to go and ask about two orders that did not arrive (his and Joys). At least down at Canungra the service is quick and good and they make good milkshakes and coffees as well.
It was a lovely walk and great company but we all missed you Colin, so hope you had a good day - Julie C