It’s official: I’m back on the road!
Since leaving Broome on Monday, I’ve been mostly without service. Tonight, we’re camping at a lovely little caravan park in Carnarvon that just so happens to have free wi-fi — just in time for a short and sweet check-in before I’m unplugged again tomorrow!
Raine and I have spent the last few days winding our way down Western Australia, following the coast to Port Hedland before detouring across the Great Northern Highway to Karijini National Park and looping back around to the Indian Ocean to explore the Ningaloo Coast. It’s been nothing short of incredible. Western Australia blows my mind more and more with every stop — and we’re not even finished! We’ve made it about two-thirds of the way to Perth, and we still have two full days of exploring before returning to city life in Western Australia’s capital.
From there, life gets a little hectic.
After a few days checking out Perth, I’ll be meeting my little sister Casey on the other side of Australia for our big trip to Tasmania. In just three weeks there, we’re packing in a road trip around the coast, a six-day backpacking trip along the famous Overland Track, a long weekend to indulge in Tasmania’s artsy-foodie capital of Hobart and a New Year’s to remember with three days of music at Falls Fest in Marion Bay. After Tassie, it’s back to the Great Ocean Road to relive the magic with Casey before finally returning to Melbourne to show off my first home base here in Australia.
And that’s just the next month!
Right now, I’m basking in the freedom of traveling indefinitely for a little while and waiting for the reality of leaving Broome behind to hit me. So far, it all feels a little surreal.
Right now, I’m working my way through The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013, a book I keep returning to from an anthology series I love.
Lots of old classics good for singing along to on the road, from Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” to the Eagles’ “Take it Easy” — plus a whole lot of old Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros!
& Feeling Inspired by…
“Chiang Mai’s Grand Canyon,” from Tinne’s travel blog Elsewhere. In several visits to Chiang Mai, I never made it to the quarry recommended to me by several locals. Tinne did, and I’m feeling inspired to book a flight back to Thailand…as if I needed another reason!