Our smiles grew and any tension in our bodies dissolved as we set off for a hike through the Kalbarri National Park, on the ‘Loop’ trail. Its 7.15am when we set off as the gorges can be 5-10 degrees hotter, and with previous stories of deaths, unconscious hikers fallen victim to heat stroke, we thought it best to head off early. It is initially fresh, as we take off our jumpers, lather up with sunscreen and fill up with some more water before we leave the car with Dom & Vanessa, our first weekend visitors. Within 5 minutes we are at Natures Window.
I am not sure whether it was the clean crisp morning air filling our lungs, the exercise, the climbing over small boulders or the spectacular scenery but I was present, completely present in the moment. Enjoying every single step. And I am not just saying that, I was loving bouncing from one foot to another. My head felt clear and there was not a worry in the world. My inspiration was returning as with my flood of ideas. But they were just there, just floating by like the clouds. I was aware they were there but they were not my focus, enjoying the moment was.
Just over 3 hours later we arrive back to the car and drive a little way to check out the impressive Z – Bend lookout. We were feeling tired and almost gave it a miss. Luckily, Vanessa realised it was only 1.2km walk and insisted we go see it as it was definitely worth it. Afterwards we return back to town to pick up our doggies whom we had left with a local lady whom we see every day walking her dog. I love Australians, and the willingness to help others out. If she hadn’t agreed to dog sit for us, then we would have had to pay $75 for 5 hours to a school girl.
With Dom & Vanessa in town, we checked out other cool sites around town that we hadn’t seen yet, such Red Bluff, Mushroom Rock, and the cliffs. With the sun beaming, perfect blue skies we admired the colours in the rocks, the formation of the cliffs and the possible danger of slipping. In some sections it even reminded us of the Na Pali Coast (Kauai).
On the last day, Dom and Vanessa briefly visited Lucky Bay, about 40km south of Kalbarri. While Matt and I spent the day there on the beach, soaking in the sun and a quick dip into refreshing, turquoise blue water. For what I understand about Lucky Bay, some time ago some fisherman erected some shacks and now there is small community for holiday-ers and some whom still live there. There are grey water tanks, satellite dishes and washing machines. Now too much time has passed (not sure exactly) but it is said that those who have shacks here own them and they can not be demolished.