Once again it feels as though the Universe is guiding us. Soon after we leave Denmark, bushfires rage through and around the area. We’re unaffected. And the day after we visit Wyllie Bay in Cape Le Grand National Park there’s a shark attack not far from the beach we swam at, literally 24 hours earlier. We’re safe, we’re in a beautiful place and I couldn’t be more grateful.
The last couple of weeks have flown by in a delightful blur. We meet up with our travel buddies Sue and Steve and another couple Leanne and Tony and spend a fun week together.
No surf for miles at Wave Rock
Our first night is at Wave Rock in the wheat field area of WA but it’s hundreds of kilometres from any ocean or coastline. On the way into Hyden a truck throws up a stone and majorly cracks our windscreen. Then on checking in, somehow Doug hits a gate pole scratching the van.
Wave Rock is incredible. It’s a phenomenal rock that truly looks like it belongs in an ocean. But try as I might, I can’t climb it, let alone surf it!
Our group has a great time, with lots of silly poses, both at the rock and in the nearby salt lake afterwards. The bottom is like mud and we float more buoyantly than any ocean though it’s the squishiest mud salt bath I’ve ever had. Then we move on to Esperance, we get our windscreen replaced and we’re dazzled.
Lucky in Love
Along this coastline are some of the best beaches in West Australia, and I’ve seen a few now. White sand so pure. Water so crystal clear you can see Nemo swimming past.
We spend a morning at Wylie Bay. And while the tide is low we’re able to drive onto the beach and between the headland. There we enjoy a swim and a climb on the nearby rocks.
Hellfire Bay is in the Cape Le Grande National Park and one of the most secluded and beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. It’s more like heaven than hellfire and it’s love at first sight.
Lucky Bay is aptly named and the place to see local kangaroos on the beach. We drive for a kilometre or two, park our car and head into the water for another dip. As I come out, right on cue, a mumma roo and her Joey bound onto the beach, right in front of us. They’re obviously used to humans and we watch in wonder as Joey feeds hungrily from mum. It’s like they’re posing for us.
On our last full day in the area, with temps cooling down we walk to Frenchman’s Peak. It’s a big climb, incredibly steep and uphill just about all the way. We eat our sandwiches in a massive cave and then we continue to the very top, where the views are breathtaking.
From Hopetoun to Freedom
We make our way to Hopetoun, and the Fitzgerald River National Park. It’s an area of biodiversity, more dramatic coastline, another steep mountain climb up East Mount Barren and our home base, a great caravan park on the beachfront at Hopetoun.
On our third day it’s a cooker with extreme 43C temperatures. Lightning strikes that afternoon which cause bushfires nearby and very quickly it escalates into an emergency. Although the park isn’t evacuated the thick smoke and swirling winds has most of the park travellers packing up to leave for the nearby jetty and oval. The rest of us stay, mostly hitched up and on alert, ready to go if necessary. Water planes fly overhead and we walk to higher ground to get a better picture of what’s going on. We watch, wait and prepare, just in case.
As the sun peaked through the clouds and smoke, a ray of light pierced the sky and it almost felt like divine intervention. Later the wind died down and the rains came.
All of this happened the day before Freedom Day, Saturday 12 February. There’s so much happening around Australia and the world at the moment. Have you heard of the Convoy to Canberra? Or the Canadian truckers? For the first time in two years it feels like unity has overcome the division. It feels like the tide has turned.
In Canberra over one million people converged, from all walks of life and from all across Australia, people uniting peacefully and for a common goal of freedom for everyone, Ordinary men and woman like you and me. The mainstream media are censoring these events, minimising them, saying there are only a few thousand there, making it sound ugly. But reports on the ground and livestreams show the masses coming in peace, which are in turn showing the government unity and strength of the people. The truth will eventually unfold as these peaceful warriors stand their ground.
Life is like a huge whirlwind at the moment but the energy is palpable, the momentum is building and there’s no turning back. It’s truly an incredible time in history. I feel it’s so important that we keep our focus on the things that matter and our energy and thoughts anchored and aligned on faith and love.
In the storm there’s darkness, fear and confusion but at the other end is always light. Just like our steep mountain climb, it’s a hard slog but with strength, faith and determination we’ll get there.
Sending you love and light always.