Tak­ing the wrong road can have its ad­van­tages

The Morning Bulletin - - LIFE - KEITH IRE­LAND

IT WAS Glenda’s birth­day and I sug­gested we might go for a drive to Lake Mary, a beau­ti­ful stretch of wa­ter be­tween Rock­hamp­ton and Yep­poon. We had been there some years be­fore and it had been an ideal set­ting. How­ever, on the pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sion, we had come from Rock­hamp­ton and found our way along the bush roads even­tu­ally get­ting our des­ti­na­tion. To go home, we sim­ply re­traced our steps to travel back.

This time we were com­ing from the op­po­site di­rec­tion. Un­for­tu­nately we had no map and hadn’t trav­elled on most of the roads be­fore.

We got to a T junc­tion and I had to de­cide whether to go left or right.

My choice to go left turned out to be in­cor­rect and af­ter go­ing some con­sid­er­able dis­tance, we came back on to the main road again.

Rather than go right back to where the Lake Mary road is en­tered from the Rock­hamp­ton side, I de­cided to try a dif­fer­ent side road. An­other wrong choice. This was an even worse road than the pre­vi­ous one.

Then we met a util­ity com­ing fast from the other di­rec­tion which sprayed us with stones and dirt.

The birth­day drive wasn’t go­ing too well. By a stroke of good luck, we came to a road sign point­ing the way to Lake Mary. Ar­riv­ing at the lake, it was only a shadow of its for­mer self.

Due to a very dry sum­mer, over half of it had dried up.

A fence blocked us out and the ter­rain was so rough we de­cided not to walk across it. The only sav­ing grace was an in­ter­est­ing shot I took of a cat­tle egret wan­der­ing along with the an­i­mal af­ter which it had been named.

Go­ing out for a spe­cial birth­day din­ner seemed the best way to make up for the washout of a day.

Photo: Keith Ire­land

CAT­TLE EGRET: As Keith Ire­land men­tions in his lat­est Bird Anecdotes, tak­ing a drive around CQ can prove to be a re­ward­ing out­ing in more ways than one.

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