We got to the point of our hike where we were pulling ourselves up rocks but we reached a wonderful view.
The view of the Stirling Ranges from the Porongurups.
John gets a photo of me high up showing the incline.
John focuses on a wildflower. I love watching him taking photos.
At the next peak, another hiker took our photo together.
The formations were so different.
John told me to aim the camera to a rock, and then lifted the rock which revealed this lizard.
John took another photo of me showing another interesting incline.
The view was fantastic.
A lovely valley framed by the trees I've come to love so much.
These were so much fun to hike around.
Even though it was so beautiful, the heat and the climb was starting to get to me. Even John was making apologies to me.
From high up, I could hardly take it all in at once.
John also found many things to take in and photograph.
At this point I think John was feeling very sorry for me. I was getting so tired, and I had a fall and hurt my knee.
Another lizard that we found.
John liked getting shots of me high up and far away. :)
Even though I was hurt, hot, and, tired, I loved it up there.
Not quite touching the clouds.
We were then treated to Wedge-tailed eagles soaring around us.
The Wedge-tailed Eagle has long wings (wingspan 2.3 m), a characteristic long, wedge-shaped tail, and legs that are feathered all the way to the base of the toes. The bill is pale pink to cream, the eye brown to dark brown, and the feet off-white. Young Wedge-tailed Eagles are mid brown in colour with reddish-brown heads and wings. They become progressively blacker for at least the first ten years of their lives; adults are mostly dark blackish-brown. The only difference in plumage between the sexes is that a female adult is generally slightly paler than her mate. Females (4.2 kg – 5.3 kg) are also larger and heavier than males (3.2 kg up to 4.0 kg). Wedge-tailed Eagles are Australia’s largest raptors (birds of prey).
Just when I thought the eagles had us marked for "lunch" its legs dropped and he swooped down on another prey.
After watching the eagles we were on our way down.
John gets a photo of me as demonstrating that there is barely a path let alone a trail. It was a tight squeeze.
John takes a photo of me taking care on each step down. After falling once, I didn't want to do it again.
After a long time descending, we finally hit flat ground.
Well, somewhat flat, we still had some downhill to go.
I was excited to find a new blue fairy wren, a red-winged blue fairy wren!
Another shot of the male.
A tree creeper.
We were finally at the end of our hike/climb. But our day and adventure wasn’t over. From the mountains, we were heading to the coast!