I’m ditching the “photo-a-day” thing this week because the standout of week 2 is the Kepler Track.
I chose to do a Great Walk because I wanted the experience of tramping solo in the day and having some company in the night. I chose to do the Kepler Track in particular because it is the most mountainous of the ten and as much as I try to be appreciative of each and every landscape, there is nothing that shakes my soul like the mountains.
Going into the tramp, I didn’t research track notes or search for any photos so that every instant could be lived, untainted, with wide, open eyes. I wanted to recreate that feeling of total discovery that is so often missing these days due to the (over) availability of information.
I also wanted to completely disconnect. So far, I have only turned on my global roaming twice in order to check bookings but when I am in my hostel, at one of my favourite cafés, Joe’s Garage, or simply wandering around town, I am often hooked up to WiFi. If I had stronger willpower, I could turn my phone off…but I don’t. It takes going out into the wilderness where there is no chance of a signal for me to leave it all behind.
As I write this, I am on my 3rd day back in town and I am already scheming on when I can get back out there, weather + sore-calf-permitting. I definitely feel the weight of my Sydney haze dissipating, as a whole…and I’m interested to find out how much more will clear up if I give myself a few more days away from it all.
I could keep on rambling but without further ado, here are my photographs from the Kepler Track + some tidbits:
Since returning from the Kepler Track, I’ve been on somewhat of a comedown. I did need some town days to work and I definitely needed some time to recover especially as the tramp aggravated the crapola out of my right calf (that I hurt falling off the bouldering wall back in SEPTEMBER) but as I write this, I only have 12 days left and I’m starting to stress about all that I still want to do…
So I’m going to pull myself out of this strange comatose puddle that I’ve become to bring you a super beautiful and adventure-packed week 3….stay tuned xxx