North Brother Mountain

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North-Brother-Mountain275-26111105When we were away on holidays at my Nan’s place in Laurieton – 5 hours north of Sydney, my father had his sights set on trekking down North Brother Mountain (image inset). He’d planned it for what seemed weeks.

‘It’s gonna be a real adventure.’

‘When did we last have one of those?’

‘Kids, huh what do you say?’

His unbridled enthusiasm matched those of Clark Griswald. He may has well have heralded ‘Wally world, here we come!’

So we set out on our ‘family of four’ adventure and tore and pushed our way through the recalcitrant rain forest scrub on our way down the steep, uneven terrain. For sixty clenched minutes we were pushing through what seemed a living wall of flies, gullies, undergrowth and ferns which kept smacking us in the chops. Fine scratches covered the back of our hands. Then came the rustling and tickling feel of…

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“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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30 comments on “North Brother Mountain
  1. Clever Girl says:

    Until you got to the part about the leeches, I was on board with this adventure.

  2. You have an amazing blog, I really enjoyed reading about these adventures. I’m afraid I wouldn’t have lasted long on this trek but it was great fun reading, have a lovely day!

  3. You’re an amazing writer! I do appreciate the encouragement.

  4. Family of four is the best ….Mine is also of 4…..And the trips are always full of excitement

  5. macalder02 says:

    That is the ideal age for adventures. We all remember doing it. What happens is that you narrate it in a convincing way at the same time as simple. You make the story an adventure with the desire to continue reading. You enjoy your blog for a long time.

  6. inhiscare753 says:

    Wow.. oh my goodness, great graphic I was all in things starting getting a little itchy with leeches, quite amusing to read. Memories

  7. badfinger20 says:

    leeches…no no no… I freaked as a kid when I saw one of these nasty things on me.
    Sounds like a great tale to tell but not fun at the time. I feel bad for your dad…didn’t go exactly as planned.
    Loved the movie quote…

    • Ever since I saw that unforgettable leech scene in the coming of age movie ‘Stand By Me’ they always scared the bejesus outta me.
      Yes, I had to feel for Dad since he was so invested in it lol
      I think that quote is the funniest in the movie.

      • badfinger20 says:

        After I read the book IT by Stephen King…leeches took on another scary element. They are pretty much disgusting….I forgot about that in Stand By Me.

        Yes because he probably tried his best to make it great and then all of that happened lol.

      • I read IT a long time ago, but sadly I don’t remember the ‘leeches’ part.
        My Dad was adamant we were going to complete the trip, but the bickering and arguing overwhelmed him. Haha

      • badfinger20 says:

        The flying leeches that came out of the old refrigerator.

        Lol

      • Right ok. I even watched the movie when it came out, but that scene escapes me.

      • badfinger20 says:

        Oh it was only in the book… could be in the new one coming out though

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