Taking the wrong road can have its advantages
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.
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.