Hiking Chambers Gully

10 Nov

Early morning hikes are the best.  The air is fresh after a night rain and the sun is just beginning to warm the air.

We met our new friend Margaret at  book group and she invited us to hike Chambers Gully, which is next to Waterfall Gully, which is a part of Cleland National Forest. The forest abuts the city of Adelaide so it is close to our house and an easy trip to the hike.

Unlike our scrambles up the rocks in South Africa, this is a hike over a broad trail in a eucalyptus forest.

The air is filled with birdsong.  The birds in South Australia have the loveliest, complex bird calls.  Warbles and trills fill the air as we walk.

We see a pair of Rainbow Lorikeets guarding their nest.  They seem to be communicating with each other, touching beaks and heads, as they tend the nest. They take little notice of us though we are a few feet from them.

We also see a number of beautiful, large, white cockatoos perched and in flight.  Though it doesn’t show in this photo he does have the rosy cheeks and yellow green topknot.

We spend much of the ascent talking and I learn that Margaret was an instructional designer who got her masters degree in education with a thesis in distance learning. I got my masters degree in communication with my thesis in distance learning.  We have much in common.

One of the amazements on this trip is meeting and getting to know people in the different cultures we visit. The breadth of the similarities and differences is compelling.

As we crest the top of the gully and start our descent, we catch a glimpse of the city of Adelaide, from the suburbs all the way to the ocean. There is a bit of a haze over the city but we can still see many of the familiar buildings and pick out our neighborhood.

After the hike through Chambers Gully, we drive up the road to visit Waterfall Gully. What greets us is familiar as this waterfall resembles Taughannock Falls in Ithaca, New York.  This falls is especially important to Dana and me as we took a walk to this falls on the morning of our wedding day.  There is a little restaurant at the bottom of the falls and we will make a reservation to celebrate our 31st anniversary there.

7 Responses to “Hiking Chambers Gully”

  1. Joyce Tate November 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    … such beautiful and wondrous sites … have a wonderful anniversary meal! …

    • Jill November 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

      Thanks Joyce. How are you liking Eldorado? We miss it.

  2. Ellen Gregor November 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    Finally! I have caught up on your wonderful posts. The pictures have all been spectacular! I am really enjoying Adelaide, too. The roses are so beautiful and I love the old buildings in with the new. It seems to be a country with a lot of respect for the past. And they make chocolate!

    • Jill November 11, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

      Ellen, It is so great to see you here!
      Dana is the photographer and I agree. He does a marvelous job. Adelaide is called the “City of Roses” for good reason. We smell the flowers perfume walking along the streets. That and jasmine. I am rationing myself on Haigh’s chocolate. Really, it is one of the best tastes I have experienced…ever. J

  3. Neil Freer November 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    might have seen y’all scarfing lattes in one of these?

    • Jill November 11, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

      Yep that was us back in the corner too far to see without a telephoto lens. For any of you that may not click on this it is a travelogue of Adelaide. Gives many of the highlights of the sites in the city. Thanks Neil

  4. Ursula Freer November 10, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    That restaurant looks like a German or Swiss chalet. That photo of the waterfall is very challenging for a camera, the extreme contrast of the sunny area and the deep shade below, well done!

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