...t vantage point. As soon as we reached it, we could see the column of smoke that obviously was the source of our concern. Midnight pulled out a pair of small but powerful binoculars from hir carisak. They must have been part of hir standard scouting equipment. I had a similar pair for my work.
"It looks okay," shi said. "I can see a campsite with several humans and they look pretty organised. The fire looks to be well constructed and safe."
I sighed with relief. Bushfires were the closest thing I have to a phobia and I was glad to put my mind at ease. "I wonder what they are doing over there? Maybe we will bump into them later and find out. Perhaps they are hikers like us, only doing the route in the opposite direction."
"It's pointless speculating," Midnight replied. "If we do meet, you can ask them. Here come the others. Are you ready to push on?"
We continued our trek and while we found the walk enjoyable, there was nothing of particular interest to make the afternoon noteworthy. As evening approached, we found our campsite at the foot of the ranges in a sheltered spot convenient to a sparkling clear creek. This being a national park, we had brought our own food supplies along, although, if it had been otherwise, any one of us was quite capable of hunting ...