Unfortunately, this incredible journey went undocumented because of a dropped camera on the first peak. For your imagination, picture towering bluffs and steep trails that appear to run off the sides of them. Sunning lizards that snuggle when they think they’re alone. Us losing the trail several times and playing Marco-polo through thickets that later had to be plucked out of C’s dreadies. A depressing vista out over the park, which is colored thickly green, and across it’s clearly delineated borders, where everything is dead and pale brown. And astonishing panoramas of the other surrounding peaks, punctured by the realization that we’re getting old, and treks like this leave pains that last much longer than they used to. The takeaway photo:
Twilight beach at Esperence. Because we were crossing the desert, which is hot, in the summer, which is hotter, all in a van with no a/c, we begin waking up at the crack of dawn, driving for the bulk of the morning, then stopping during the midday heat before continuing on at 4 or 5p. This creates a feeling of three days in each day, and is quite tiring, which results in our going to sleep with the sun, at around 9p. We call it “conserving headlamp batteries”.
Also at Pira Wara, Koala! In the wild! And awake, to boot!