The magic of Central Australia stirs me, even a month after our return. Red earth, big skies, wild canyons and deep gorges …
If there’s one walk that epitomises this grandeur it’s the Kings Canyon Rim Walk in the Watarrka National Park.
Located about three hours drive from Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kings Canyon is at the heart of the Red Centre. I didn’t think any place could be more awe inspiring than Ayers Rock, until we experienced it for ourselves.
The six kilometre Rim Walk starts hard, with a steep climb.
It’s a bit like life … the focus that’s needed to start something, the determination and effort to keep going, to reach a place that’s worthwhile.
That’s how it was with this walk.
There were more than 500 steps and it was 100 metres straight up to the plateau, high above the canyon.
There the track levelled out, as did my heart rate, and for the next few hours we walked with glorious sunshine on our back.
In the summer months (Oct – April) it gets VERY hot here, but in July when we visited the weather was perfect for walking.
And what a walk … soaring, majestic views in every direction.
This is ancient land and you can feel it, in every step you take along the way.
Stark red sandstone cliffs, millions of years in the making.
Sometimes we just had to stop, completely stop, to soak it all up.
This is not a walk to rush. It’s a walk to savour, breathing in the moment and the brilliance that surrounded us.
I’m reminded to do that every day, wherever I am, as I settle into ordinary routine again.
I might not be surrounded by grand cliffs but I can still appreciate all the little things around me, of which there are many.
There are markers along the Rim Walk, showing the way, and signs warning of cliff edges and possible rock slides.
I’ve always been one to live by the rules, but occasionally I like to wander off the path. Look what can happen.
Yes, that’s me, precariously on the edge, barely hanging on for dear life. One false step …
Just kidding. True be told, there was a stone ledge that allowed me to stand there safely. Daniel, my teenage partner in crime, added to the illusion.
Life’s pretty boring without taking a chance and a few risks here and there, calculated of course.
We never know what’s around the corner but sometimes those detours and side tracks lead to amazing discoveries.
We explored the weathered domes of the Lost City and we crossed bridges that descended deep into the lush Garden of Eden, an unexpected oasis in the outback.
This place is pure magic, a place that feeds the heart and soul, and it brought out the hugger in me. Here I am sharing a tender moment with my son.
And when it all got too much for him there were plenty of willing Ghost Gums around too!
When I’m immersed in nature it reminds me of the abundance of beauty in our world.
Yet nature can also be harsh and unpredictable.
Hurricanes like Harvey and Irma, the floods in Texas, bushfires, there’s so much out of our control yet the earth keeps turning, no matter what happens.
My heart goes out to all those affected by the storms.
It’s almost like a cleansing with energies shifting and aligning to create something new, painful yet often necessary. That’s how I feel as I get deeper into my meditation month of September with the 90 day change a habit challenge.
Things are shifting.
Mother Nature often teaches us lessons and, if our eyes are open and our minds willing, worldwide we listen. We reach out and help each other.
That’s another reason why I love to travel.
It brings us together.
Whether it’s in the centre of Australia or across the ocean, we’re all fundamentally the same.
Travel expands the mind, stirs the soul and reminds us of our place on this earth.
May we all find that balance.
Have a spectacular week everyone.
Sharing for Jo’s Monday Walks
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”