McKeowns Valley & Blue Lake Bushwalking

Trip Start May 18, 2004
Trip End Jul 08, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Sunday, August 26, 2012

    Since I took part in my first walk with the Central West Bushwalking Club in June, this was the second-time walk for me. This time, the walk was a bit easier and more enjoyable than the last one, so there were much more walkers, too. They were all kind to me, letting me know when they found wild animals and giving me information about highlights on the walk. Thanks to them, I had a great time all through the walk. 

    Unlike the last walk, I saw some interesting creatures on the way. Especially I liked wombats. Wombats are an adorable and curious animal, looking like a massive squirrel with a belly pouch. Although I had not expected to see wombats in the valley, I saw as many as two wombats: one of them was staying still near its burrow and the other one was running across the field! I couldn't have imagined that it ran! Actually, I had seen wombats in a zoo only a month before, but seeing wild wombats was much more exciting! Anyway, I was a bit surprised when I saw them because I mistakenly believed that wombats lived only in Tasmania. In fact, considering a number of burrows and droppings in the valley, there must be quite a few wombats living around there. Still, I may have been lucky to see them, because they are nocturnal and we visited there in the daytime.

    In the last walk, I enjoyed a great view of Wolgan Valley. This time, instead, I saw a beautiful lake, The Blue Lake. I heard the lake was blue because the water included a limestone ingredient and it was more beautiful than I had expected. In addition, thankfully, there was no admission fee for the lake! I wished I could stay there longer, but unfortunately we didn't have much time, so I quickly took pictures and left. I heard later that wild platypuses lived in the lake, which encouraged me to go back to the lake one day. Actually, the lake was just beside a Jenolan Cave gate and even the entrance part of the cave was so big and attractive that I spent too much time in taking pictures there, too. 

    All in all, I enjoyed a walk very much this time again. This walk was wonderful, but quite different from the last one. The next one may also be different and I expect so. I am already looking forward to the next walk.
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