Photo Challenge: Wanderlust To The Sun

Me and a friend had a rather sleepless night in a cow paddock just outside of Paihia, New Zealand. We had been hiking for weeks, done hundreds of kilometers and were fatigued, hungry and injured. When the sun started to rise over the Bay of Islands, all else was forgotten about. Still to this day, one of the most beautiful sunrises I’ve seen on my travels.

Bay of Island, Paihia, New Zealand.

My contribution to this weeks Photo Challenge, found by following this link 

 Thank you 🙂

Wanderlust

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The Great Escape

It was only this time last Tuesday I was writing, and I quote ‘This is old hat to me now, or so I seem to keep telling myself” in regards to going out, drinking alcohol and throwing up in the back of a cab. Well… I have good news, this time round I managed to make it to the toilet!

Saturday morning, the aftermath of a night filled with lots of sexy dancing to some damn sexy dance hall beats. The only thoughts that my head could process were ‘Ouch, my head’ ‘Ouch, my eyes’ and Avocado… lots of Avocado. But, instead of lying around the house feeling sorry for my self inflicted state, me and a few friends decided to stand up, get dressed and hit up an indoor bouldering session.

To be completely honest, the last thing I wanted to do at that moment in time was go and throw myself up a vertical wall! However, once I’d eaten some food, got myself in the gear and to the venue, I was ready for it. Once on the walls the competitive nature came out of me and I was testing my strength and agility to the max. With the brain in full concentration mode and the forearms in beast mode I completely forgot that merely hours ago I was perishing away.

Bouldering is awesome, if you’ve never been, please go and check it out! It’s like a big work out on the body and mind. Lots of self improvement by completing routes you’ve failed on time after time, the competitive nature between you and a few friends to see who can get up the hardest route. At the same time there is an immense level of concentration and focus which keeps you living in the present, so it’s also a great form of meditation, breathing and living.

The following day the sun came out, there were clouds in the sky but overall it was a day to be fully exploited, so that’s exactly what one did, or three did. Me and a few friends packed a lunch, jumped in the car and drove North-west of Melbourne to a place called Macedon Ranges. There are a number of walks, view points and climbs you can do at the Ranges, and the first one on our list was ‘Hanging Rock’ mainly because we were hungry, and we thought it’d be a great idea to munch some lunch overlooking the beautiful flat farm lands of Victoria.

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It’s nice that only an hour from the city you can escape to woodlands, creeks, ranges or mountains and have a sense of isolation, freedom and connection to the Earth. As we trundled through the forest floors we spoke openly and freely about current affairs, the despair of the modern world, how people automatically give up and fall in line because the task seems to monumental. Because the truth will force them change their lives too much, so instead of acting and taking a step up, you take a step down, bow down and fall in line, just like every other Tom, Dick and Harry. But that’s another blog post all together (Which I am working on, slowly but surely).

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We raced through the woods as the day was closing in, twisting and turning to avoid the ankle breaking terrain, heading for the summit of Mt Macedon to light one up just in time for sunset. We made it with ample time to spare and met two lovely doggies, one Cocker-Spaniel who was identical to my doggy back home, and a huge Great Dane, both of whom had great seats for the sunset.

We placed ourselves on a rock overhanging the mountain and stared at the awe-inspiring sunset, it’s the stuff dreams are made of. Well, It’s certainly the stuff my dreams are made of. Days likes this remind me of why I’m travelling, and why so many people like myself are finding their riches in a world of beauty and memories rather than cars and money, houses and suits. As the sun drops behind the horizon the feeling of pure presence consumes my body as my legs dangle from what feels like the edge of the world. All else is forgotten about.

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As the light to my Sunday is fading away, on the other side of the world someone is cherishing their darkness turning to light.

Thank you for friends, family, love, the opportunity to do what I’m doing and to you, for reading, I hope you have a lovely day 🙂

Mother Natures Remedy

After a long weekend filled with liver destroying quantities of alcohol one is crawling down the road to recovery, slowly but surely. I would be very disappointed with myself had I gone the whole weekend and achieved nothing but self-inflicted damage. After all, I’m usually the one to turn down a drink in return for a quiet night filled with lots of yummy food, good music and a great conversation. I’m up for lots to be honest, anything that doesn’t involve shouting at one another, the testosterone filled “women” talk, or throwing up in the back of a cab. This is old hat to me now, or so I seem to keep telling myself.

Off I went smiling joyfully en route to the train station after devouring three thickly cut sourdough slices topped with avocado, tomato, cucumber and baked beans. My bag packed with everything a man needs for a day hike; a couple of books, one serious, one not so much. Some warm clothing as the weather is turning that way, headphones for when the sound of nature disappears and reality kicks in. A couple of Bananas and an Apple. Oh, and of course, a big bag of my favourite kind of nature… Mary Jane!

At the start of Dandenong Ranges there is a historical climb which involves climbing 1000 steps to get a glimpse of the terrain that the Australian soldiers endured in the 1940’s. Which I found quite funny actually because upon summiting you shall find a large group of sweaty, tired and out of breathe tourists who, by the looks of things got more than just a glimpse of the terrain. Following this, you can walk around numerous routes or if you fancy an adventure, just walk! Don’t look at the map, don’t even question the direction of which you’re heading, just walk!

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I spent the best part of five hours completely alone, surrounded by nothing but chirping birds, buzzing insects, dense green forest and a Wallaby or two. Considering it was a bank holiday and the 1000 steps were heaving, it goes to show, if you walk off the beaten track peace and tranquility can be found. To me there’s nothing quite like being alone with your thoughts, surrounded by nature, completely focusing on the present, forgetting all that seems to exist. Not a soul around besides the hidden eyes of those watching as I trample through the place they call home. Tall canopies towering over all forms of life creating an eerie lonesome feeling down on the ground, often interrupted by a mysterious jolt of a bush or the soaring flight of a bird cutting through my path letting me know her nest is nearby.

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Me and Mr Wallaby having a stare off

 

The network of forests amaze me, I wish we all took a leaf out of their book, I’m sure we could grow as a society if more people observed nature rather than a television. Watch how the trees connect and work together, how the lay out of the forest either vertically or horizontally is set in a way to help a neighbour. Even the fallen branches and debris create whole ecosystems of thriving life forms, providing areas of dense vegetation and mulch for the new comers to sprout with profound efficiency.

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As I watched Guardians Of the Galaxy on the weekend – I am root.

After hours of aimless strolling I decided to have a pit stop, rest the legs, roll up a Scooby snack and read a chapter or two of my new book. Embracing the surroundings, taking in the peaceful scenes and soaking up that Vitamin Nature. At this point the Bananas and Apples I had packed came in handy as the munchies kicked in. I choose not to eat any animal products so eating out is often very inconvenient. It’s only a little thing but taking a snack bag makes me feel more independent, more connected to the Earth rather than relying on a super store nearby. Time quickly passed and it soon hit me that I had no idea of where I actually was, all I knew is that I’d been walking South-East, and as I hadn’t followed any of the ‘Treks’ laid out, there was no signage sending me back the right way.

I found and followed a road for about forty-five minutes until I hit a sign saying ‘One Tree Hill Road’ and it was at that point I knew I’d safely return home in time for a late dinner. A long day of walking had spat me out at the top of the 1000 steps, which as expected had died off with sweating tourists, allowing me to fly down the steps in no time at all. Just as the sun was setting I jumped on the train and made my way back to civilization, and as reality kicked in the headphones came out.

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A house situated beautifully @ One Tree Hill

A day out with mother nature always makes me feel a lot clearer, happier and connected to the important things in life.

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 Testing out the camera on my new phone! Flowers are always so picturesque

Thank you.

 

Musical Fidelity blog V

I LOVE Reggae, the history behind it, the movement, the spiritual connection with the music, the positive vibes and joy it brings. I don’t think any music in the world teaches you a much as Reggae does. My life, the way I act, the way I treat people, and the Earth we live upon is purely and simply down to a spiritual connection I have to Reggae music and the history behind it.

Junior Marvin – Life Without You

Protoje – Sudden Flight ft. Jesse Royal & Sevana

Peter Tosh – Little Green Apples

Bunny Wailer – Fig Tree

Dennis Brown – Money in my pocket

Jacob Miller – Forward Jah Jah Children

Sugar Minott – Good Thing Going

Stephen & Ziggy Marley – The Chapel

Third World – Rhythm of life

UB40 – Kingston Town

Bob Marley – Judge Not

Gregory Isaacs – Sunday Morning

Burning Spear – Slavery Days

Queen Ifrica – Trueversation ft. Damian Marley

 

Sizzla – Be Strong

 

Enjoy ❤