East Gippsland 2003


My sandals at Wingan beach. I hope to sell this picture to the Birkenstock company for millions and millions of dollars.

We drove toWingan Inlet, which involved the 45 minute drive back up to Cann River, 18km along the highway, then another hour or so down a very rough road which got exceedingly narrow in places. At Wingan we found a very picturesque jetty, a family teaching their kids how to fish, and a tap providing pure cool stream water.

We set off down the nature walk, with me wishing I was wearing my boots. Oh yes, I’d brought them with me in the car. Problem was I’d left all my socks behind, so I was walking in my sandals. That’s not ideal when there’s a risk of snakes. But I survived to tell the tale, and at the end of the walk we found Wingan beach, quite nice, but very windy.

On the beach I took a photo of my sandals, which I hope I can sell to the Birkenstock company for millions and millions of dollars so they can use it for an advertising campaign, and in turn sell millions and millions of sandals. Then we’ll both be happy.

Lesson three when camping: Take heavy boots and socks along for walking through the forest. But if you have to take your sandals, you might as well make use of them.

We walked back and made a nice cup of tea before driving back.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
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