For 2 August I think we certainly visited Plan D and implemented Plan F (or possibly G - I lost count.
By way of background our electricity supplier advised (some weeks ago - this is GOOD) that they were having an outage for about 6 hours on 2 August to fix up some major issues. So we thought this wood be a chance to go an explore a few areas.
The first thought (ie Plan A) was the Errinundra National Park. Then in conversation with a friend it appeared the roads in that area were rather ordinary at best and after the fires and a lot of rain like to be very ugly. They suggested an area North of Orbost as a better option (plan B).
Consulting Google Maps suggested
- that was close to 4 hours driving each way, by the shortest route; and
- said route went through NSW.
Point 1 knocked that plan down and point 2 administered the coup de gras. Plan C focused on Bemm River which seemed reasonable until we consulted some touring maps which gave a lot of attention to the Point Hicks - Tamboon area. So Plan D was to go to Point Hicks and if that was a fizzer, Plan E was to call in at Wingan Inlet on the way home, having filled up with diesel at Cann River.
The first issue was that as we passed through Cann River the Shell servo appeared to be closed (the low price United servo has been demolished for some reason). I was confident we had enough fuel for Plan D so carried on.
A subset of Plan D emerged when we found that the road to Point Hicks was closed (locked gate as well as a stupid notice by Parks Victoria, where the red line meets the blue). However the road to Tamboon was open so we veered in that direaction.I suspect the sound of banjos would have been very evident in the evening
Plan E was to head back towards home checking the Genoa Falls and Gipsy Point Cemetery as we went. A side trip to Wingan was ruled out as we were unsure about fuel with a further 60+kms added on, As we left I pulled over and eventually took a photo of the road.
We took the snap and rumbled off . We paused briefly to photograph this Epacris growing beside the road. Checking the Flora of Victoria suggested that only E. impressa had flowers other than white. However this was far larger than any other of that species. A mystery.
We checked the Shell servo and they had a sign saying "Closed due to fuel outage". Frances had wondered about but had dismissed the thought as all servos had generators. Obviously at least one did not have a gennie.
Plan E.1 included a stop at the Drummer rainforest walk to eat our lunch. A nice colony of Earthstar (Geastar sp.) fungi were evident.
There were many magnificent trees.
zn+1 = zn2 + c) that generates that!
We swung into Genoa to look for Emus but none were visible. There were none. But there were a few Shelduck and a good flock (36 birds) of Little Ravens. On the Flats on Mallacoota Rd we found 22 Straw-necked Ibis (which never seem to make it to Mallacoota.. Overall I recorded 22 species here https://ebird.org/australia/checklist/S72030965.
Talking of fractals and the Mandelbrot set, leads to chaos theory: some elements of the day approached that but iverall it was quite enjoyable. The worry is the amount of work to be done by Parks to open up the National Parks. It is now more than 7 months since the fires and nothing seems to have really happened other than a few teams of contractors knocked over a few trees.