“The mountains are calling and I must go.” (John Muir)
I’ve always loved the mountains. The feeling of vastness and awe inspiring grandeur. As a child I was happiest when my family went for drives into the Victorian High Country. Now, as a wonder lusting adult one of the things I love most is exploring the heart of a place on foot. Like the Acacia Ridge walk at Arkaroola.
Arkaroola is at the top of the Flinders Ranges in the wilds of South Australia. It’s an ancient primitive outback I fell completely in love with. Just as I did this walk.
The 6km track climbs along the ridge top and offers breath taking views of the heart of the sanctuary, Mt Painter and the Flinders Ranges.
The rugged mountains were once on the seabed and their jutting angles show the violence of the seismic shifts that forced them skywards.
There’s a tangible sense of history here, like something out of a picture book.
Along the way you can look back onto the unsealed access road into the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Way down below is where we started our walk.
Red Sturt Desert Peas and other wild flowers poke their heads out amidst the rocks.
A place to rest the feet and a view to soothe the soul.
The summit might not rival the heights of the Matterhorn or Kilimanjaro but it’s impressive nonetheless. Here we are at the top, not exactly pioneering mountaineers, just four good friends enjoying life.
Before slowly making our way back down to civilization again.
The inspiration comes from “Restlessjo” and her “Monday walk” themes.
“If you are faced with a mountain, you have several options. You can climb it and cross to the other side. You can go around it. You can dig under it. You can fly over it. You can blow it up. You can ignore it and pretend it’s not there. You can turn around and go back the way you came. Or you can stay on the mountain and make it your home.” (Vera Nazarian)
“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” (Barry Finlay)
“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way!” (Dr. Seuss)
Where ever you are today, may your trails in life be scenic ones. May you always see the beauty around you and the path not be too rocky along the way.