Exploring the geological features of Keith's old home town
30.06.2011 - 01.07.2011 12 °C
Near Keith's childhood home in Stanthorpe, in Queensland's Granite Belt, was a rock known to himself and his siblings as 'bum crack rock'. It was in a group of boulders next to a Scout Hall and we were determined to find it. When we checked a few years back, we couldn't see it. But today, after a bit of searching, we declared victory. 'Bum crack rock' was found!
The Granite Belt is a picturesque region near the border of NSW and Queensland, in the Great Dividing Range. It is a fruit growing area and also famous (in Queensland anyway ;-) for its wines. Keith has memories of the cold weather. It's the coldest part of Queensland. As a kid, he used to put his shoes in the wood stove to heat up before he put them on for school. Once he left them too long and the smell of burning shoe leather filled the house. Can't do that with reverse cycle air conditioning!
Despite the cold and occasional rain showers, and complaints from the kids, we did a short walk in Girraween National Park. We clambered over granite outcrops and found a spot by a flowing creek to eat our picnic lunch. The sun shone for a little while. Then the rain returned and forced us back to the car. Never mind. As I type this, the fire pit at Keith's mum's yard has a fire in it. Michael and Grannat got it going. We look forward to toasting marshmallows in the embers later on. Yum!