25 Things // Pound Bend River Walk

Two years ago I made a list of “25 Things to Do Before I Turn 26.” I never finished the list, unfortunately. The year turned difficult for me and I had to cut out some obligations –  self-imposed ones, like this list rather than real ones, like ministry – to survive with some degree of health. The list did allow me to experience some lovely things, however, and I’ll keep writing about them…even though I’m now four months away from turning 27!

This and other adventures from the list will be labeled with the 25 Things category.

In December 2015 the OMS Australia office was in the midst of renovations. One Monday we were all banned from the building while some particularly grueling work was done. (Asbestos? I can’t really remember, but that sounds like something that would drive us from the building.) I took advantage of the free time to explore the…

Pound Bend River Walk at Pound Bend River Reserve in Warrandyte, Victoria, Australia.

“Spectacular” is not a word I’d use to describe this walk. Nor is “must-see” a phrase I’d employ. But if you want to be near water, in the quiet, among Australian trees showing evidence of recent marsupial disturbance, listening to kookaburras laugh in the early morning, happening upon an assortment of birds and butterflies, this is a lovely place to do it. Tranquility shall be yours…especially if you go on a Monday morning.

At first, I took the wrong fork in the road and ended up at the tunnel that was originally built to aid in the search for gold. Some vandal had taken the opportunity of the wooden railings and steps to do some stenciling…but that stencil was my only fungus sighting, so I appreciated it. (You know how I feel about fungi.)

I always take a photo of the map at the start...because I really can't be trusted with directions. Pound Bend River Reserve, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

I always take a photo of the map at the start…because I really can’t be trusted with directions. Pound Bend River Reserve, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

 

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Vandalism showing it’s cuter side at Pound Bend River, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

 

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View from above the tunnel at Pound Bend River Reserve, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

 

Pound Bend River Walk, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

Pound Bend River Walk, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

 

Also, don't fall off and die. Australians tell it like it is. Warrandyte, Victoria, Australia.

Also, don’t be a giant next to teeny tiny trees and fall off a cliff shorter than you are and die. Australians tell it like it is. Warrandyte, Victoria, Australia.

After I realised I had gone the wrong way – really this is not a complicated network of trails but I am complicated, soooo – I retraced my steps and got on the right path. Going the wrong direction has its perks, though. I chased a few butterflies (Literally, because no one else was around.) and observed some ducks.

Common brown butterfly at Pound Bend River Reserve, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

Common brown butterfly at Pound Bend River Reserve, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

 

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Pound Bend River Reserve, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

 

Pound Bend River Reserve, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

Pound Bend River Reserve, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

Finally back on the correct trail, I was rewarded with wonderful light in the trees and other flora. Is there anything better than good light & the smell of trees?

Pound Bend River Reserve, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

Pound Bend River Reserve, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

 

Pound Bend River Reserve, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

Pound Bend River Reserve, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

 

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Pound Bend River Reserve, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

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Pound Bend River Reserve, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

 

Pound Bend River Reserve, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

Pound Bend River Reserve, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

 

Pound Bend River Reserve, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

Pound Bend River Reserve, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

At the end of the trail there is a wide field and a dirt road that goes further on but is not part of the Pound Bend River walk. I decided to turn around from there instead of seeing where the dirt road went – because even though the office was closed, I had work to do and a cafe in which to conduct it. Good-bye cockatoos, crimson rosellas, common brown butterflies, wood ducks, kookaburras, hidden kangaroos, and Pound Bend River.

At the end of the Pound Bend River Walk, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

At the end of the Pound Bend River Walk, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

 

Pound Bend River Walk, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

Pound Bend River Walk, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

 

Pound Bend River Walk, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

Pound Bend River Walk, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

 

Pound Bend River Walk, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

Pound Bend River Walk, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

 

White Cockatoos at the Pound Bend River Walk, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

White Cockatoos at the Pound Bend River Walk, Warrandyte, Victoria. Australia.

 

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2 thoughts on “25 Things // Pound Bend River Walk

  1. This almost seems like a dreamscape to this former Californian and current Pennsylvanian. ;-P

    P.S. Love the sign – probably more effective than most American signs.

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