"Are you a celebrity?"
23.06.2012 - 23.06.2012
Well I knew there'd be some early morning movements but I didn't expect them to be quite so early. Some of our companions were up and about at 3am. Fortunately I managed to wait until after 6.
After bacon and eggs for breakfast we set out to walk Dales Gorge, swim in Circular Pool and swim in Fortescue Falls.
It was a great walk, neither too hot nor cold, not too steep or flat, and well sheltered in most places so we didn't get too hot. We made a full day of it. At one point, as I looked up at the rim of the gully, I had a brief dizzy spell. I hope it was just a one off or perhaps a remnant of the cold / flu that we had as we've got a few days to go before we hit Perth.
Karen and I didn't swim in either of the swimming holes but several of the others did. Circular hole was very cold but we're told that the falls, at end of day, were good and much warmer.
In one of life's little coincidences, as we approached the falls, we met some old folks coming the other way. It turns out that one of them was a geologist. We had a brief chat about the rocks, looked at some uncut subducted yellow diamonds that she'd found in Queensland some years ago and then spoke briefly about the SHRIMP II that I'd helped make back in 1990 and which she had used to date rocks or determine what elements were in them. She also told us about a rock further up that contained the fossils of a stromatolite.
Then, while we were looking for that rock, Karen looked up and said, of a man standing some distance away, that she knew him. She asked him if he was from Queensland. When he answered no she had another thought and asked if he was a celebrity. He answered somewhat reluctantly, I thought, that his name was Bob and then Karen clicked to the fact that he was Bob from the biggest loser. She chatted with him for a while. He has a fascination with rocks so we talked about that too.
On returning to camp we packed up our goods and chattels and then moved to an adjoining camp because our gas cooker had packed it in this morning. Jess used the new camp facilities to do a great beef stew which we had with some cous cous.
I had another dizzy spell - not so good. We've got another full day of hiking in Karijini so I hope that was the last of them.
It's quite cold in Karijini at night, and last night was also particularly windy, so we've gotten into our thermals again in case tonight is the same.