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Barkley: A little Koala Searching for a Home
It was 11:00 am, the rogaine was due to start in only an hour, and still no one had volunteered to take me! What was wrong, was I not wanted….maybe it was time to look outside the rogaining community for a more permanent home rather than waiting for months at a time to be dusted off…
But wait, here was Natalie, maybe she could help. Yes, she would take me. I explained my dilemma, she seemed surprised, but agreed to help me search for a new home while she explored Ridgy Didge. But, wondered Natalie, was I over-reacting, perhaps all that was needed was a “new look” Barkley that would catch the eye of rogainers. So began my adventure in the 2017 Australian Rogaining championships, part house hunting, part fashion show, oh yes, and a bit of navigation and walking thrown in as well.


As you can see from my big smile at the finish, I had a great time. I checked out lots of possible homes from mushrooms to waterbeds, lots of tree hollows and bumps, I even tried some abseiling. And the ANC… I could have stayed there until the next rogaine except they told me they were going to pack up in less than 24 hours….
But, in the end, I decided that I’d be lonely in the bush. After all, I’m only a very little koala and while my cousins do live in the area, they didn’t seem very friendly-at least I didn’t see any.
Oh yes, and the rogaine: the weather was beautiful, the navigation quite tricky in parts, the scenery stunning, and the company good. All the rogainers I chatted to were friendly and helpful (we were only a little bit lost at 81 but the advice was spot on) so I’ve decided that I’ll go out again next time round.
And the "new look" Barkley? Well I enjoyed all the variations of my ribbon, but decided that I really like my bow and I hope that the next rogainer to take me will take me out based on my sterling personality rather than my superficial good looks.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 May 2017 08:17
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