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Update 10 June 2014

 

21st February saw Clive, Michelle, Nathan, Jonathan, Alec, and myself, being flown in again to the Jacobs River area by James Scott, this time in the Greer Creek area.

Fortunately, Alec had the foresight to bring strops and tarpaulins along to cover our tent sites as it rained for the first three days, at times very heavily. We were able get a fire going that was covered by the tarpaulin also, so by the time we returned home most of our clothing was smoke damaged from drying them over the fire! But at least we were dry and warm for most of the time.

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I had got James to drop us off on the northern side of the river as I had found an unusual shaped punga plantation on Google Earth and the same area was also apparent on the 1965 NZAM aerial photo, only that the area looked to be free of any large growth in 1965... as though whatever had caused the “land clearing” had happened not that long before 1965. I surmised that maybe spilt fuel had caused the trees to die in that area, particularly as the area was just below a spot that Colin Tuck had given me as the second possibility of where ‘Doris Stokes’ had got all excited in, and the area was almost flat ground. After all these years, Colin was unsure of exactly where this spot was, and so had given me two possibilities.

On both Google Earth and the aerial photo, the spot was in shade, so I was unable to observe what was in that area. Incidentally, I discovered that where we camped was virtually just across the River from where we first camped on our first failed attempt at walking in.

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