Exploring my friendly local national parkPosted: February 25, 2011
One of my favorite places in Columbia, Mo. is Rock Bridge Park, a state park just outside of town. It’s fifteen minutes from my apartment, and I found an out-of-the-way trail that’s beautiful all year round. I go there when I’m stressed or bored or just want to enjoy a nice day. So when I arrived at Macquarie, I wanted to find a place nearby that would let me get outside for a little while. (Campus obviously doesn’t count.) So I looked at a map and found several national parks in my neighborhood. (The Australian qualifications for “national park” are different than American ones. The parks are big enough, but not necessarily huge.) I had a free afternoon Thursday, so I caught a bus to Lane Cove National Park–it’s just ten minutes from my college! I didn’t have a map or anything, so when I got there I just started walking. I found a lovely trail that wound down a hill and alongside a river.
Like all downhill walks, half of it was quite nice. The other half wasn’t too bad either, though. Along the way, I ran into a woman who told me she’d seen a goanna about 100 metres ahead, so I should keep an eye out for it. I must’ve looked concerned, because she promised it wouldn’t eat me. I didn’t know what a goanna was (I do now), or really what 100 metres was, but either way I didn’t come across the animal. I didn’t seen any kangaroos either, despite this warning:
I did, however, see several birds, a few lizards, and a tree that appeared to be bleeding:
The trail eventually came out of the woods and joined a road. Since I had no idea where I was, I just hiked back the way I came and caught the bus home. It was an enjoyable afternoon, and I’m sure I’ll be spending more time in the park when I have a few spare hours this semester.
I also started classes this week (remember what I’m actually here for?). More about that later.