"Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action." (Ian Fleming or maybe just a traditional saying).
In all our trips in search of Layli, only once have we set out and failed to make it to our destination. Well, we just took it as happenstance. After all snow is not that unusual in winter on Foon's Hill.
But since that time dark thoughts do cross the mind. Who sent down that snow? Does Layli have powerful friends on high? Does she know Hughie? Was she perhaps calling on the Elementals to defend her forest lair?
Well we must exorcise those demons by going back.
So on Sunday 22nd April at 12 noon we will meet, or at least try to meet, at Mount Barrow Forest Visitor Centre as pictured here.
And, of course, if something does prevent us getting there, we may call it coincidence but suspicions will abound.
I will just repeat what I said last time:
First, let me clarify that while it is part of the Mount Barrow complex it is a quite different place from our usual haunt in Mount Barrow Reserve.
Secondly. it is quite a change for us. It is by known means pristine wilderness - in fact its a working forest parts of which have already been 'harvested' three times in the last 100 years.
On the other hand it is far from the madding crowd while still being close to Launceston, offers us an indoor picnic and prayer spot which will be appreciated in
It is described here
and this time with a map here:
The map and signposting I found confusing so here's my instructions.
Take the Tasman Highway (A3) out of Launceston. After 20km you will come to Nunamara. The Mount Barrow Discovery Trail is clearly signposted on the right in Nunamara. Take that road (its dirt but a good dirt road) and follow it avoiding turn offs. You will pass an information booth which is singularly lacking in information, then Max's Lookout (worth stopping for if its not raining), then you come to a junction. On the right is Weaver's Creek Road while straight ahead is signposted the Discovery Trail. Either will get you there but the trail is longer, a pretty bad road, and not very interesting for my money. If you are early and don't mind bashing your car over rough surfaces, it might be worth it but I suspect most people would prefer Weaver's Creek Road which is pretty good and from which the visitors centre is clearly marked on the right.
You'll notice on the map in the link above that Weaver's Creek is shown as one way but this does not appear to be true in reality.
Meet as usual at the Visitor's Centre at noon bringing joy, camera, food, a willingness to express your devotion to the Unknowable in your own way, and, of course, your piano playing skills.
Hope to see you there.