The Yurrebilla Trail winds through 54 kilometres of the southern Mount Lofty Ranges that mark the eastern boundary of Adelaide. Walking the trail had always appealed to me as a way of exploring the ecology of our home on foot. In the tail-end of a wet winter, Sophie and I (and Emmie for the first day) finally set out, setting aside four days to walk its length. We’d planned the walk for July because we thought that the cold season should have been all rained out by then. As we later discovered it was actually the wettest July for 20 years, and some of the towns we were walking through were preparing for floods.