Sometimes the best travel is right on our doorstep … even when things don’t go as planned.
Last Sunday hubby and I decided to go on a spur of the moment drive into the Toolangi State Forest, just over an hour from home.
Despite the grey skies I was looking forward to the drive and some easy bushwalking.
The air was cold, it was cloudy and foggy and I wondered how much we’d see at the top.
Sure enough, reaching the summit we were rewarded with more of the same … cloud, fog and a white horizon of nothingness.
We could hardly see but it didn’t matter. It was invigorating.
Coming back down the fog started to lift. Next stop was WirraWilla Rainforest Walk that felt like something out of a fairy tale.
So mystical and eerie and so peaceful.
It’s hard to believe this magical place is just an hour from home.
Who else loves discovering local places? Just a few weeks ago we enjoyed the Rainforest Gallery near Mount Donna Buang, also not too far away from Toolangi.
The elevated boardwalks take you high above the treetops, immersing you in nature.
Out on the tracks things can change in an instant. Like last Sunday at Toolangi.
There we were, happily driving out of the forest, when the next minute we were stopped in our tracks.
Doug, as optimistic as always, thought he could drive over it but a loud thump put an end to that.
Suddenly the car was hung up on the fallen log.
There was mud everywhere, we couldn’t go forwards, we couldn’t go backwards, the tyre was churning up the mud, spinning and going nowhere fast.
I had visions of eating my Mothers Day dinner stuck in a dark forest, just us, a museli bar and coffee, waiting for help (though I suppose there could be worse things in life.)
However, my intrepid husband is prepared. To the point that inside his “man box” in the back of the ute is a chainsaw.
Does that say something about our off road adventures?
After much effort, he was able to cut through the log, dislodged it and, hooray, we got through.
So there you have it … proof that you can have fun, drama and adventurous travel close to home. You just need to be prepared!
As you go about this week, look around and find the beauty, it’s there. There’s always something new to be discovered when you look at the world with appreciative eyes.
Every day is a trip into the unknown and a world of wonder and fun can unfold if we take a step away from our usual routine.
It doesn’t have to be major stuff either.
Be a tourist in your own city for the day. It can be cheap and lots of fun exploring new places.
Break out of old patterns if you’re bored. Change the way you go to work, check out a new café, pack something new for lunch or walk a new route with the dog.
Smile and strike up a conversation with a stranger, who knows where it might lead. Maybe to a new friendship or maybe just a fleeting feeling of connection.