Well, I didn’t complete my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail this year as I had hoped, due to the whole broken arm fiasco, but I managed to cover 600 miles so it was a decent start. Perhaps I will try again some day… In the meantime there are hundreds of miles of great hikes in Australia (or kms, as we refer to them here), and I have the peace of mind of knowing that there is medicare in this country, so I will not find myself thousands of dollars out of pocket if anything goes wrong. Despite the issues I encountered with my travel insurance I had such a fantastic trip. I met some great people both on and off the trail, was able to catch up with old friends and new, and drank an extraordinary quantity of blueberry beer during my final month in the US!
I returned to the Blue Mountains in early September and have been nesting in this sweet little van, owned by my friends Frank and Peter:
I’ve done some great hikes since I’ve been home. Here are some of the highlights:
I did an overnight hike with Kevin and Lee into the Bluegum Forest by way of Du Faur’s Head via Lockley’s Pylon, one of eight (steep) passes into the Grose Valley.
The lads introduced me to luxury camping on a grand scale, with Vodka cranberry upon arrival at camp and pancakes for breakfast. It was certainly a change from the scant fare I have grown accustomed to carrying!
I also went sunset seeking in Wentworth Falls with Peter Longhurst one afternoon last week. The mounting cloud bank obscured any chance of a late light display of colour but the rays were something to see…
In addition to hiking, we all spent a day helping Peter D and Will film their new music video (Smart Arse), which Brendan later edited and has submitted to the Blue Shorts Film Festival competition.
I’ve also been bookstagramming and am preparing for NaNoBuJoWriMo (National Novel & Bullet Journal Writing Month) and AcMaWriMo (Academic Manuscript Writing Month) in November.
I paid a visit to Peter’s place and met this cutie:
And I receive daily visitations in the van from this little munchkin:
Life is good 📚⛺️🌄🏞👣