I’m meeting amazing people out here. People travelling 1000’s of miles with five kids, or people that live here in the middle of nowhere. People looking for something and people running from something (not the cops, I’m speaking metaphorically…although if I was on the lam I’d consider out here cos no one would look out here.)
It’s averaging 38C in the day and it’s hot. We tend to do our hiking in the morning, relax in the heat of the day (as 4 and 2 years old love to do in a confined space) and hit the pool late afternoon for a beer, a lemonade and a life saving swim.
Sunrise and sunset are easily the most spectacular times to do anything. The white heat and harsh light is full on, even for an Aussie.
I haven’t met as any locals as I would like, but the next NT edition has a few.
It’s quite a life changing adventure, I must admit.
“I been working on cattle stations since I was 14 years old and now I’m 52. In my time I’ve moved around a lot of stations, but it’s good work. Hard work, but good work.”
“I’m here with my school and we were given one hour of reflection time out at the rock. I was thinking about time. I thought about how we are born and we go to school and we meet people, get married, have kids… it’s all mapped out. How can I be wasting time if I want to travel, or concentrate on photography rather than keep studying at uni? Who says what is wasting time? My mum was diagnosed with a terminal illness recently and it’s inspired me to think about time.”
“We’ve traveled 7 hours a day for 7 days with a school trip. The past days out here it’s been hitting me how trivial my most major problems that I’ve left behind are before this trip are.”
Nick is a photographer too and he impressed me when he mentioned he’s shooting on film. He has his own photo blog here.
The kids wanted these masks when we popped into Kmart in Alice Springs. I’ve loved road tripping with a Ninja Turtle and Spiderman.
“I’m proud of the rounded experience I’ve given my kids. My 12 year old has been to every Australian state and many overseas trips. We try to go away every year. I think it’s a great way for them to learn. We loved Vietnam as a family but now this is pretty awesome.”
“I’m trying to become actively involved rather than passively observing. I feel like we just observe life rather than actively being aware of how we can be our best selves.”