Only 999 more steps to go :: the 1000 step rainforest walk

Step, step, step.
Stepping through the rainforest,
on a track beside a merry creek,
Up, up, up.
1000 steps up. 1000 steps back down.
This is the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk in the Dandenong Ranges,
just outside of Melbourne.
And on the weekend, between the autumn raindrops,
we discovered this amazing, very beautiful place.

Quiet enough for the tiny wrens to skip about,
little bothered by the strange humans who invent odd ways of keeping in shape.

 The walk has been built as a memorial to the soldiers who walked 
on the tough trail through the jungle of Papua New Guinea
during the second world war,
and to the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels who cared for them,
often losing their own lives in the process.

And where better for quiet reflection than a rainforest,
where there is a sense of the ancient healing power of nature.
Tree ferns, so majestic with their lacy fronds 
twirling atop a dark single trunk,
were also home to a family of ground ferns climbing aboard for the ride.

And when we got to the end of our most fabulous trek,
what should be waiting in the rainforest,
 but a cafe, 
serving strong coffee and freshly made scones.

images :: blue fruit
the 1000 step kokoda trek memorial walk, departs from the fern tree gully picnic ground,
dandenong ranges, melbourne