“The three Musketeers” was how my sister dubbed us as we set off on our six week adventure to Central Australia, the heart and soul of my gorgeous country.
Well, we’re not exactly a swashbuckling trio and I wasn’t quite wrestling crocs, but my hubby, my 16yo son and yours truly have just returned from an unforgettable road trip.
We’ve crossed five states, travelled just over 9100kms and set up camp 25 times.
My son wasn’t overly keen on coming, at least not initially, but as the trip drew nearer and with his school exams over, his excitement grew.
I think the idea of a long car trip and time to chill and read on the road began to fill his thoughts. It certainly filled mine.
The thought of getting away from the normal routine became more alluring. Adventures just waiting to be had …
And we had plenty of them.
Like our three days at Glen Helen in the West MacDonnell Ranges.
This beautiful area is filled with amazing places to explore. Gorges, walking tracks leading to pristine water holes and towering bluffs.
We explored on land and we marvelled at it all from the air.
Then there were our three days in and around Bowen Queensland where we filled our quota of sunshine with swimming, exploring and being on the water.
But it’s not always easy keeping a teenager happy and there were times we left him to do his own thing.
I guess that’s the thing with extended travel, it takes a bit of compromise and a lot of communication.
They say that two’s company but there’s also power in three.
The three of us became expert at setting up the camper in record time. We had our routine down pat and it didn’t take long to pull together and set up camp.
Three place settings for dinner and three camp chairs around the fire.
Life’s pretty simple really.
At the end of the day, with good food, a warm campfire and a gorgeous view there’s not much more we need.
Last week the three of us had the pleasure of meeting fellow WP blogger Kate from the Sunshine Coast.
Kate is an absolute delight, a genuine wordsmith and meeting her was yet another highlight of our trip.
We spent a wonderful few hours getting to know each other as we enjoyed a beach walk and then lunch at a local cafe. You can read her account of our meeting here.
So here I am, back home again, and despite the bitterly cold weather, I am finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Slowly but surely I look forward to reading and catching up with you all.
“One for all and all for fun!”
Happy travels, dream big and where ever you are keep enjoying the journey.
Sharing for Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Three