Thursday 18th June 2015
We’re up early to farewell the Prado’s to the West and the Ollies who are off to Darwin to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary.
We pack our bathers and drive 60kms north to Edith Falls and what a pretty spot. We walk the kilometre up to the top where the climb gets a little bit difficult and we have a swim in the pool. It’s a real bucket list thing swimming in a waterfall fed pool in the NT. The walk down is much cooler in our wet togs. I am giving Woody a hard time about wearing sandals on a bush walk and as the track evens out I stop concentrating on my footing and WHACK I find myself on my bum and only about a hundred metres from the car park! A couple of charming young blokes give me a walking pole then Woody gets me into the car. He dives into the Techni Ice fridge and wraps two large chunks of ice around my foot. ‘You couldn’t do that with a Waeco’ he says as he tests the NT 130kmh speed limit back to town. At this point I realize that I’m still in wet bathers and I hear my mother’s words “always wear clean underwear as you never know when you may have to go to hospital”. Thus, with foot encased in ice and swimming in pain I wriggle out of my cossie and into something more respectable. My heartfelt apologies go out to anyone heading north on the Stuart Highway who may believe that they were ‘flashed’ by a sixty something year old woman heading hurriedly south.
The Katherine hospital is near our van park. The Emergency staff members are most apologetic for being flat out today. Boy I’ll bet the team at Frankston Hospital would love to be that busy. There are about twenty people, 50/50 Aboriginal and very tanned white folk and a couple of Asian kids. Everyone is sitting quietly watching daytime TV and the presenters seem so sparkly white and from another world. The staff are fantastic and by the time we are due to be boarding our sunset dinner cruise on the gorge I am plastered up and learning to use crutches. The staff are happy that my ankle is broken because it will heal quicker than a strain.
Poor Woody has had a shocker of an afternoon trying to get a refund from Nitmiluk Tours who say that we should have given them 48 hours notice before cancelling our Katherine Gorge dinner cruise and won’t refund our $300!
Travelling Kms: 0