Well I have to say that getting organised for a huge life change definitely makes you rush around a lot and try and get yourself sorted. Writing has actually been the furthest thing from my mind recently and I am remiss to say…..I have missed it. The process gives me a great deal of time to gather my thoughts and make notes and lists about the things I need to be doing to be completely organised.
Monique and I climbing together in the Red River Gorge, Kentucky USA
Dani Andrada and I trying to figure out why anyone would eat S’mores?
The lovely and ever smiling Audrey Sniezek. We hung out in Vegas for a while and climbed a bit and laughed a lot.
Albert Torres……What can I say but one of life’s true gentlemen….always a pleasure.
Over the last couple of weeks I have organised my long stay visa for France and I have also finalised a lot of my affairs and continued to have catchups with friends. It’s a busy time running around town and driving everywhere. Fortunately for me my friends have been excessively wonderful and they have come to me. I am very appreciative of this as time is now of the essence and I will be leaving these beautiful and sunny shores of my homeland next week.
Erin and Matthieu……what can I say…..cant thank you enough for your love and support
Ryan and Jen……started in Texas and we ended up in Spain together…….global love!
One of my favourite days in Bavaria……love to you all.
Coming to the conclusion that you cant see everybody and that there is only so many hours in the day, I realise that nothing has really changed here and my people are doing what they do. I on the other hand have been around the world enjoying life and going through a plethora of change. I am grateful to all of my friends here who have taken the time to catch up and to spend quality time with me….you guys are really the foundation of who I am.
Esther, Andy, the author and Karine. This was the Croatian Climbing Crew.
Miss K, me and Mum……Scenic Lookout Katoomba NSW.
After 45 years you would think we would have grown up………this is what it looked like the first day we met in 1971.
Necessary selfie with “little nephew” Aaron, Miss K after our lunch……
With all that is going on in the world and with all that we are all doing everyday, we always find time to connect and maintain our relationships with each other. And despite distance, time and change, we all come back to the same place……we come back to each other. This is a most rewarding and special place.
After a day at the crag………..Carb Loading!!!
Tiff and I a little fatigued after the Misery Ridge Trail………photo courtesy of Miss K.
The author thinking “what tha’ hell have I signed up for?”………Koulla and Sue laughing……continually.
Epic climbing trips are truly wonderful and insane adventures are also pretty cool, but finding sweet little places in your home town is also very special. Just last weekend I ventured up to the northern most point in Sydney, Barrenjoey Headland Nature Reserve and the ever peaceful Palm Beach. This place is truly beautiful and worth a visit.
We got out early and went for a cheeky bouldering session. Palm Beach has two large boulders perched in the sand right on the beach, 50 metres from the ocean. I had known about these for quite some time, however never made the time to go and play. Well, today was the day! Karine and I took our trusty crash pad and played around for about an hour and a half as the sunshine devoured our skin.
There are approximately thirty-five problems across both boulders and the majority aren’t too hard at all. There are a few harder problems for the regular pebble wrestlers, but it’s the location that makes this place great. You can tan, swim and climb all in one place! Sun, surf and sandstone, what more could you ask for in a venue. Soft landings and simple pleasures are the order of the day.
The brisk little walk up to the top of the headland to checked out the lighthouse that was built in 1880 is lovely. You can take the Smugglers Trail (Grade 3) or the meandering access path that flows through the scrub and is a leisurely grade 2.
We wandered around taking in the stunning vistas of Palm Beach, Lion Island and the inlet of the mighty Hawkesbury River. Lunch at a gastronomical marvel in Dee Why named Aubergine completed the outing. Great food! Highly recommend you wandering in for a meal if you are in the vicinity. Dee Why beach across the road for a quick dip afterwards………awesome!
There are many spokes to the wheel of life. First, we’re here to explore new possibilities.
Well, lets start out with a very big Happy New Year to everyone. Thank you so much for making my blog a little more successful in 2016 than I expected. My intention from the beginning was to make it all about the people, the journey and the adventures that I had along the way. To inspire people to step out of their comfort zone and go for it! Keeping it always conversational and as humourous as possible.
I have decided to continue my adventures and explore the globe in a more thorough way. I am going to continue to learn French, buy a van, renovate it and live in it for a while. Continue to explore more cultures and achieve my climbing goals………..The adventure begins NOW!
The next year is going to be just as, if not more exciting than the last, with a gigantic geographical move in location for me. I am headed to Europe, specifically France for most of 2017. I am excited, anxious and a little overwhelmed with this to be honest, but I am embracing it with a fervour and vigour that I thought possibly extinct in me. I have a restored motivation driving me forward to new possibilities.
Oh god I cant believe I am saying this, but I will be living in Paris for a while. Life throws opportunities at you and sometimes you just have to jump up and grab them. The thought of waking up and walking down to the patisserie for baguettes and croissants is just fabulous. Living one hour from Fontainebleau, the best bouldering in the world and being able to just go there because it’s so damn close. Now thats just bloody exciting.
Thanks again for reading. I hope you continue to enjoy the journey you are on and if you feel like saying “G’day” from time to time…….Just do it! I’d like to hear your stories too.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.