Nature Euphoriasharing adventure and sustainability
From my Backyard to the Sea
Down the Rivers from Yea to the Mouth of the Murray River at Goolwa
How About Giving Leigh a Help Along
Leigh is undertaking this trip to create awareness of the environmental issues confronting all Australians. He will be giving talks to many schools and community groups along the route. The trip is expected to take approximately 3 months. During this time Leigh will not be earning any money at all, if you can spare a few dollars to help him along, it would be greatly appreciated.
The journey thus far
Upon reaching Shepparton, things began to change, from the depth of the deep river, winding from Murchison we slowly emerged back into civilisation. Pirate rafts, fridges and cars in the river and trees indicated this.
The river flows into lake Nagambie; as the water begins to flow slower and the river grows wider, inundating the banks and spanning across the landscape. The meandering river transforms into a vast body of water that lays by the rural town of Nagambie, forming lagoons and peninsulars, wetlands and marshlands that at times seem more familiar to Louisiana than Victoria.
A Sacred Kingfisher darts under a small silver wattle, crouching over the bank in the golden light of early evening. He joins a friend, together they sing and sway on a branch overhanging the water, as we slowly pass by in silent reverie.
Floating down the river as it runs through Murrindindi shire, a place so familiar to me, is the perfect way to settle into my new lifestyle and anticipate the long journey ahead.
I left my backyard Thursday morning on a small sit-on-top kayak, and it was a good choice swapping out my large fiberglass canoe for a more maneuverable craft to navigate the Yea river.
Making a paddle is easy, all you do is get a piece of wood and remove everything that isnt a paddle.
The mountain ash trees grow tall, reaching towards the sky forming a vast forest canopy and the dense community of tree ferns blossom out of the understory below.
From my Childhood home on the banks of the Yea River and wetlands of central Victoria I will paddle a canoe down a section of the Murray-Darling Basin to the Ocean near Goolwa, South Australia.
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