"Life was meant for good friends
and great adventure."
This was our last bit of getaway before we returned to our books, with university starting straight after we returned home. Finally, our first holiday where all six of us were present. How difficult it is for six very different people, with different passions, interests and priorities to come together and enjoy three days away. One of us even brought her textbooks to study as she had a quiz the day we planned to return. And I left straight from work, hopping into the road trip car in my work clothes for that long 4.5 hour drive at night. Now that's dedication to the gang. Our first holiday with the whole #squad present, and sadly probably our last, what with adult life kicking in.
I didn't intend to create a blog article from this road trip, what I really wanted was indeed a getaway. To get away from 'constantly searching'. In life that's exactly what we are constantly doing, just searching for the next goal to achieve. I wanted to sit back and enjoy this holiday without having to search for good locations to take photos, or brainstorm outfits and ideas to convey. I really just wanted to do whatever I felt like, which was go with the flow. There is comfort and enjoyment in being able to randomly see something beautiful to the eye and raise the camera to take a quick snapshot. And that's what many of these photos are, instantaneous 'lucky' shots.
Going down South to Denmark, Western Australia, was never the idea of the majority. But the majority sat back and never voiced much of our opinions, or voiced them loud enough. So down South we went. And the beauty of Australia's outback is that it does in fact feel like we are far away from home, further than a 4.5 hour drive, with parts of the drive reminding me of America (I do confess I've never actually stepped foot on that country yet).
The Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk was fun, I can usually appreciate nature but maybe my mind was still buzzing from the work I have been surrounded in in the past few months because I failed to appreciate the heights of these giant trees. I was more entertained by the wobbliness of the bridge way up high, for a I am undeniably, and forever, a child at heart!
The first day was dedicated to hiking Bluff Knoll, the highest peak in south-western Australia at 1,099m above sea level (3,606 ft). How overly keen and optimistic I was for having cider before I began the hike, and for a light-weight like me, cider was not a good idea... at all. But that's where the sheer determination kicks in. Despite slowing the group down with numerous breaks required, as I was on the edge of passing out or revealing to them what I had for lunch that day, they were extremely supportive by keeping a constant eye on me. Grateful for having such amazing friends is an understatement not just to sound like I have great friends. The whole raving about having amazing friends does fall under the fake image that people portray on social media these days. But the truth is all that matters, and I hope they do know that I truly do feel blessed for having them in my life.
"Life is kind of like a party. You invite a lot of people, some leave early, some stay all night, some laugh with you, some laugh at you, and some show up late. But in the end, after the fun, there are few who stay to help you clean up the mess. And most of the time they aren't even the ones who made the mess. These people are your real friends. They are the ones who matter most." Flashing back to my 21st, months ago, though I was incapable of cleaning up my own mess I am grateful for these very people who stayed back to do it for me. Blurry eyed, I was still clear in the mind to remember who they were.
Bluff Knoll was the highlight, but the last day was surrounded by the amazing beaches: dipping my toes in Greenspool, which was more blue than green, and wandering to a secret beach whilst searching for our missing friends. What is more Australian than visiting a beach, there was no escaping this and no desire to escape this, especially when one of our friends is beach-obsessed (to him there is no weather nor season required to go to a beach).
I spend too much time on words and the fact is, humans are visual beings. So sit back and enjoy the rest of my trip through these 'lucky' photos. Let your own mind and imagination be taken hold of by these photos and let them take you away on a short getaway! Can you smell the salty breeze?