Welcome to my blog. I hope you’ll find something in it to spark your interest and leave you with a smile. Describing myself in a few words is difficult, and sure to lead people astray. I’ve never been a fan of labels, so I’ll concentrate instead on describing why I began this blog and what you may find on its pages.
Several years ago, I realized I’d got into a rut and lost sight of the activities that gave me the most pleasure and helped me to relax. After living in quiet rural, outback, and coastal areas of Australia most of my life, I found the return to city living challenging.
To remedy this, I set out to explore the south-east region of Queensland, and where possible, have adventures further afield. Sometimes I go solo. Other times I manage to bribe long-suffering friends and relatives to share my experiences.
A ravenous devourer of blogs, I appreciate the humour, inspiration, information, and companionship provided by these writers, most of whom I’ve never met, but often count as friends. I thought it was about time I dabbled into the scary world of public self-expression myself, partly as therapy for depression, and partly to try to give back something.
What kind of blog is this?
I’ve created this blog as an avenue for me to share the simple joys I receive from hiking. I gain a great deal of pleasure from nature and want to share this passion with others. Be warned, though. I love reading, art, history, science, and cycling, and am passionate about some social justice issues, so I will probably sneak in a few random posts about topics other than walking.
What’s not in this blog?
You’re not likely to find reviews of expensive hiking, cycling or camping gear here as I simply haven’t used it. One day I just headed out with what I had – a no-brand school backpack, a borrowed camera and a $17 (leaky) tent. Sometimes that’s what you’ve got to do, otherwise it will never happen. You can wait forever for that perfect time. There are plenty of adventure blogs out there to satisfy the needs of gear junkies, so I’ll leave that to the professionals.
Why “Mildly Extreme”?
In my “normal” life, l live quietly and have responsibilities, but every now and then I get the chance to go a little crazy. Usually I am a dedicated planner, but sometimes spontaneity and risk are the way to go. In fact, they’ve provided me with some of my best memories.
My outdoor adventures are often made more interesting by my propensity for getting slightly lost. Along with other family members, I seem to have inherited a slight lack of directional sense. If I am not actually taking wrong turns, I am often wondering whether I have made a wrong turn. This happens more often when I am driving, so the initial act of making it to my hiking destination can be a challenge in itself. Of course, if I ever upgrade to a better phone, using navigational apps could solve these problems. This would involve me actually learning to use them though, which is another challenge, given that I am a bit of a technophobe. So, for the moment, I will continue to be an old-school hiker and take regular “detours”.
Thanks for surviving this long-winded “about” section. Feel free to drop me a line through the contact page if you have questions about the blog. Thank you to all those bloggers out there who provide us with many hours of entertainment, advice, and comfort, usually without any financial return.
Mildly Extreme Jane