To the Sand Patch
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We had been left instructions for our next day's canoeing which was to head an hour and a half up river to campsite 3 where we would walk 2 hours up to The Sand Patch and then return, making a 6 hour round trip to occupy our second day. We set off early and were pleased to find that both the current and wind were behind us making it a much less stressful and terrifying experience than the previous day. Esa and I had swapped places so she was in steering position but she wasn't quite confident what effect paddling on each side had we spent the first half an hour zig-zagging from bank to bank. Eventually though we found our stride and seemed to settle into a less frustrating straighter course and were able finally just to enjoy the feeling of gliding through the glittery waters and admiring the beautiful forest around us.
After a couple of hours we saw the jetty for the campsite and caught Ross and Fe who had just arrived themselves. We set off together on the long walk, first through sand dunes and lush vegetation and later through forest that changed interimittently from tall eucalpt forest (similar looking to English forest) to rainforest. We walked for an hour, and felt sure that the 2 hour estimate had been over-generous for the walk, joking that wouldn't it be funny if we saw a sign saying 'only halfway' as we panted and trudged up the winding path. We were so sure we were close as we glimpsed panoramic views over the valley that we started counting down the number or turns it would take to reach the summit. That was until we gimpsed the distant view of the sand patch; at least another half hour walk.
After half an hour we had to leave to make sure we were back at camp in time for dusk and to cook dinner before nightfall.