Bare Rock, Gap Creek Falls, and Mt Cordeaux – Inside Outside

In The Living Mountain, Scottish walker, Nan Shepherd, wrote, “The thing to be known grows with the knowing.” She was referring to how much larger the mountain felt after she explored it slowly and observed it through all her senses. How can a setting grow after exploring it thoroughly? Surely once you are familiar with it, a place should feel smaller – be less of a mystery? Continue reading

The Warrumbungles – Out of the Ashes

Grand High Tops - Warrumbungles

Sometimes I am my worst enemy. Instead of living in the moment, I wasted some of my precious trip at Warrumbungle National Park berating myself for not allocating more time for exploration, and then wasted even more energy berating myself for berating myself. There may have also been some energy expended berating myself, for berating myself, for berating myself.  Ah yes, it’s time for a brief glimpse into the terrifying misfirings of the Jane brain. You’ve been warned! Continue reading

Yaddamun Trail, White Rock – The Pollyanna Principle

Yaddamun Track Sunset

“I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden.”  When I first sat down to write about the Yaddamun Trail, an exposed, hot, dry, hilly, 19 kilometre walk at White Rock Conservation Estate near Ipswich, I recalled my mother singing these words many years ago. The Lynn Anderson hit continues, “Along with the sunshine, there’s gotta be a little rain some time.”  In the case of the Yaddamun Trail, more rain and far less sunshine  would have been a relief. Continue reading