As a group of six, there were lots of different ways we could break up; into pairs, into groups of 3, into four and two, etc, but by and large, we stayed within eyesight of the whole group and took breaks together. However, the Englishman and GrownUpFriend are big, strong, fit men, and were carrying quite heavy packs; this means they preferred to hike very fast, so as to get to the destination and take the pack off as soon as possible. D and I, on the other hand, had very light packs, and between my shorter legs and my increasing soreness, I slowed us down to about half the speed of our companions.
I managed to ignore the pain this day, and we got to Ellery Creek quite early in the day. This was magnificent, as it was the most beautiful (and relatively warm!) waterhole we'd seen.
|Ellery Creek. So pretty!|
|Butterflies on the bank! Seriously, there were SO many butterflies.|
Lucky for us, there was a chatty little German boy and his mum. He was loud enough that everyone could hear him, and although the only words I caught were smetterling and baum (butterfly and tree), D could understand everything and started giggling. At one point, we walked past the boy climbing up a tree, chattering all kinds of adorable nonsense, so D responded to the boy in German, completely startling the boy and his mother, who asked if D was Swiss. (A Swiss person wouldn't think that, but it shows how fluent D is.) The boy and his mother then chatted to D in German for a while, telling him all about their travels, and D told them about our hike. So cute!
It was wonderful to have lots of daytime at Ellery Creek. This was our second food drop (yay!), so we spent maybe two hours slowly cooking and eating a big lunch by the water, enjoying the sunlight and making fun of the tourists.
|I'm sitting on the yello Colonelmajig, best chair ever.|
|Under the moonlight.|