Let’s have a look at this week’s suggestions from Sepia Saturday-
Running Away – in a nice sort of way √ Check
Escaping the Crowd √ Check
Off to the Beach – well, some of the time √ Check
And to these add
Married for four months
What better reason for saddling up a pack horse, running away, escaping the crowd and heading off into the bush in the Otway Ranges of south west Victoria.
Four months ago they were honeymooning in the snow at Mt Buffalo and now in January 1930 Charles and Vera Fricke are at the Fricke farm on Barham River Road at Apollo Bay ready for a few days bushwalking.
At one stage on their trip they passed this timber mill. Timber had long been a natural resource of the Otways.
They camped one night near this farmhouse and were able to buy meat and milk there.
We have seen Charles and Vera before boiling the billy for a cuppa on the beach during this trip.
The extensive network of sealed roads had still to be developed so much of the trip would had been done on unsealed roads.
Overlooking the Aire River, and then a bridge over the Aire River. It is just a short river with good river flats for farming.
Getting closer to the ocean at Princeton, a small town a little further along the coast from the Aire River.
And finally Port Campbell, another tiny coastal town. The story is that they put the horse in the Police Paddock that night. Unfortunately the paddock was only fenced on three sides, a swamp forming the fourth side. The horse managed to make its way through the swamp during the night and disappeared and they had to ring home to Apollo Bay for someone to come and get them.
So ended the bushwalking holiday in the Otway Ranges. And nine months later ——————
More running away and escaping from crowds