Today’s selection of photos from Western Australia include some excellent (if I do say so myself) images from the Violet Valley area of the east Kimberley region. The area includes significant ranges of mountains and abounds with water, deepish valleys and beautiful spinifex and grass covered expanses which are impossible not to love.
Late last night I was lying in my room trying to go to sleep when the theme song of Fraggle Rock suddenly entered my mind. Now I don’t know if you remember Fraggle Rock, but it is probably my favourite of all the Muppet television series. I am not sure if this is because of the catchy theme song and the message of enjoying life; the engineering marvels creates by the Doozers out of nothing more than refined radishes; or simply because I used to watch it with my brothers.
Either way a quick you-tube session found an episode on that I don’t remember called Gobo’s School for Explorers. This is one of the most effective messages about exploring, common sense and resourcefulness I’ve ever seen with out anyone actually being sensible or for that matter human. Aside from the episodes main song there are a number of rules that are well worth keeping mind during regular life:
- When you put on your pack you can never turn back.
- Begin every expedition by following your nose.
- Never go exploring without protective headwear.
- Always begin an expedition by taking the first left turn.
- Never drink where the moss grows pink.
If you are in any doubt then you should listen to the song with the lyrics below and remember them any time you are out hiking, riding, paddling or doing somthing just that little bit silly.When the path is stony and the night is all around; and the way that you must take is far away when your heart is lost and lonely and the map; and the map can not be found Here’s a little spell that you can say You gotta face facts, act fast, on your own; Preparation, persperation, dynamite & determination; Pack snacks, make tracks all alone; Don’t be cute, time to scoot & head out for your destination. You gotta face facts, act fast, on your own; Preparation, persperation, dynamite & determination; Pack snacks, make tracks all alone; Chase the future, face the great unknown.
Last week I spent the week in the Kimberleys for work. For those of you who don’t know the Kimberleys are the far north western corner of Australia right up where the crocodiles are. I didn’t see any salt water crocs, but I have seen a few freshwater crocodiles this week. Unfortunately photos are hard to get out of a car travelling at 110km/h so the I don’t have proof.
Anyway todays selection of photos are from an area 60km east of Fitroy Crossing where I was doing some work.
This afternoon’s desk photo comes from Halls Creek in Western Australia.
Tonight I decided it would be a good idea to ride out to Simpsons Gap after work and heat up dinner while watching the sunrise. I often have ideas like this but rarely follow through due to my annoying sense of something. Luckily the warm sunshine, mild breeze and beautiful sky convinced me that it would be worth the effort of packing up a stove and some leftover lasagna on the bike and heading out.
What followed was one of the most enjoyable after work rides I have ever been on, and believe me there have been lots. Like I always I didn’t get a photo of myself cooking dinner, but below are some of the shots I grabbed on the way out there.