There is often a debate within as to what was the most interesting or rewarding part of our holiday, was it the Journey or the Destination?
Often it’s not those well researched and recommended places of beauty that are rewarding and memorable but it’s actually the random things that we see or do just getting there. It could be getting lost but finding ourselves. Sometimes we just accidentally stumble on exceptional beauty or inspiring people.
Sometimes we scratch our heads as to what to do next and amaze ourselves as to how we managed to improvise just when we needed to.
Get Out There
Australia’s great outdoors always gives us the opportunity to discover about nature, beauty, kindness, wilderness and almost always ourselves. All we need to do is pack our bag and get out there and do it, slowly.
We always need a camera for those awesome destination photos but the Journey will have memories imprinted into our brain forever, with the stories shared amongst friends and family for years to come long after the photos have faded or been filed away.
NASA Skylab Fell To Earth
Which springs to mind the day we decided to take the short cut to Esperance from Balladonia, the place where the NASA Skylab fell to earth in 1979 leaving their rubbish spread all around and were fined $400.00 by the Australian Government.
Seemed like a good idea at the time, just chuck a lefty off the Eyre Highway in Balladonia WA and head south to the coast. But it was the fork in the road half way there that made things interesting. To the left or to the right and to the left it was down Gora Track. When the sign says 4WD only ‘If Unprepared Turn Back’ perhaps we should have given that a little more thought. Bad corrugation, pot holes, sandy patches and creeks, only 112 kms, a couple hours, what could go wrong?
Anyway 7 1/2 hours later, to do 112 kms, we had lots of time to see things as we were passing through and it also gave us time to play ‘I spy with my little eye’. The rest of the time the passengers passed the time away with a flagon of Port passed around and around. The Port was meant to last a week but it was soon just a headache. Oh but what fun we had, it was that Journey and that togetherness!
Eventually arriving at Israelite Bay for a memorable, remote and peaceful night on the beach then a couple of days rest before continuing onwards to Cape Arid and Esperance.
Story written and submitted by Nicole Huwart of South Australia.
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