Spent the morning cooking and washing so was bored.
Decided to have a training exercise at Mt Sugarloaf.
Parked at turnoff road.
Attempted to re-find the spot in valley above Seahampton that padawan lost her glasses 16 days ago.
Literally a needle in a haystack job. No map. No GPS co-ordinates.
This was going to be a challenge in memory as had to find a combination of two particular trees, a mossy log, and a particular creek formation. This was about 200 metres downhill of a track.
To make the challenge more difficult approached from the south to minimise the distance.
Navigated via GPS, compass and satellite imagery on iphone to get back to approximately the correct spot and found the track. Whilst I was there went a bit further north and also did the Engineering thing and checked out the construction on the bridge from below - impressive.
But trying to find where we left the 400 metres or so of track proved really hard.
Walked back and forth about 4 times at different levels with no success. Eventually walked 1 metre above creek until found the same creek formation, then the log, and then turned to look up hill and there was the two trees. A quick visual check of tree (and phone hookup with padawan) confirmed in correct location.
About 4.2 km to get here and then with all the backtracking.
Spent at least 20 minutes on hands and knees trawling through leaf litter with no luck at all. Gave up.
Decided to go back for one last look and knelt down again and just happened to turn towards creek. More than 1.5 metres away from where I had been looking (and where we both looked last time) I just got a flash of metallic purple and found only about 3 cm of one side of the frame sticking out of leaf litter. Couldn't believe it!
Took a photo with my compass next to it. Even with compass and zoomed in section of photo still almost impossible to see the glasses.
Only 2.2 km back to car as found a direct track which avoided all the scenic cliffs I had scaled along the other route.
Delivered glasses back to padawan on way home.
Unfortunately her new pair (at a cost of $650!) was received on Thursday 3 days ago.
At one point she said she would bet me $1000 that we would never find them again .... I should have signed off on that bet.
I had to settle for having lunch of toasted ham, cheese and tomato sandwich made for me as payment.
Legs not bothered at all by the extra effort after yesterday (even running up the road)... apart from right leg getting cut to pieces (yet again) by a razor vine.