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Well that didn’t go quite as planned

So a few weeks ago, I posted about unplugging from the technoverse and getting back to nature. I posted about getting stuck into writing without distraction and spending quality time with my wife.

Yeh. That’s totally not what happened. I never picked up my kindle, and my notebook and pens went untouched.

We spent so much time either hiking or relaxing/sleeping after hiking, there wasn’t much time for anything else.

It turns out that wasn’t such a bad thing though.

Firstly, I had my very own Biggest Loser Fears Week moment, when (scared of heights) I climbed a huge rock called The Pyramid. When we finally made it to the top, I was so over-whelmed I cried like a baby. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a release of all the emotion I stuffed down into my boots during the climb. My wife was suitably impressed and proud of my achievement, which made it all the more emotional for me. I never want to hold her back from doing anything, and since we love to achieve things together, me climbing to the top with her was a huge achievement – for both of us.


Scaling the Pyramid, Girraween SE Qld

Scaling the Pyramid, Girraween SE Qld


The fact that I sat for two hours waiting for her and a friend to attempt to scale the Second Pyramid was penance for my cursing all the way up the first Pyramid.





The coming down bit was just as hairy as the going up. At least going up, I could look ahead and not see the ground. Going down, I had no choice but to look where I was going.


A graceful descent

A graceful descent

The beer after that climb was well worth it when we got back to camp I can tell you.

If that climb wasn’t enough, I decided to do it all over again, climbing to the top of Bald Rock in NSW. We also stopped off at the border for a quick pic, and then went down to Tenterfield, where we found a bakery that had THE best meat pie I’ve had in a very long time. (No photo of that though – it was extremely messy, as all great pies are).

The border of Qld and NSW

The border of NSW (left) and QLD (right) – that’s me in the distance

Wifey (a park ranger) also had a hilarious confrontation with a killer possum. In the dead of night, we could hear the possum trying to get into various things in ours and our friends’ camp kitchens, and rustling through our bin. Wifey got up to chase it away, but it decided it was going to go down fighting. It took a run at her, she screamed, and I laughed. I stopped laughing when I realised wifey hadn’t closed the door of the tent. She closed it though, which saved an even more hilarious (and dangerous) scenario of having a rogue killer possum rampaging through our tent.

What was even more hilarious is that every night after that, that same possum would come down into the camp, strut around and eye wifey off, trying to entice her into another confrontation. Wifey didn’t take the bait though, and they ended up mutually respecting each others’ boundaries.

So, even though the trip didn’t turn out like I had planned, it turned out pretty great. The weather was fantastic, we saw some fantastic sites, and I got to spend some quality time with wifey and our friends.

Would I do it all again?

We’ll see…


My wife gets extremely frustrated with me over my use of technology. I love sharing stuff with my friends on facebook, and on text. To the point where when something happens at home, my wife says (sarcastically) “Are you going to share THAT on facebook?”

She has a point I suppose. I love connecting through facebook and twitter and text with my friends and family that I don’t have face-to-face contact with. And let’s face it, living out in western Queensland, five hours from the closest major city has it’s drawbacks. Not least of which is contact with like-minded people, and the friends we left when we moved.

So anyway, this week sees us both unplugging from all things tech because we’re going camping for a few days. I do have one exception though – I’m loading up my kindle with stuff to read, because I’ll have a lot more hours in the day to do absolutely nothing.

Apart from that though, we’ll have no phone reception, and no power to recharge devices I’d normally use, including my eee pc and laptop.

My wife thinks I’ll struggle, but I don’t think so. I’m taking lots of pens and notebooks, and have big plans for getting some writing done. I’m going to use the time to look at some ideas that have been floating around my head drive for a long time and see if I can flesh them out enough to add them to my schedule for next year.

I also have a series idea that I’ve had rolling around for a year or so that I’m very excited about, but need to really get the basics brainstormed and set down. I have huge plans for that idea if I can make it work, but I don’t want to go at it half-arsed like I have with my ideas previously.

I’m also looking forward to writing long-hand, which is how I started around 15 years ago, even though I had a pc I could use. When I wrote long-hand, I wrote without one side of my brain thinking of the editing process, and it felt freeing. When I type on a laptop which is what I do now, I can immediately delete what I’ve written, and that’s sad I think. When I write long-hand, there’s no deleting it into the ether. I also like the second-draft process that comes from typing out hand-written notes or chapters.

Apart from all of that though, I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with my wife and friends, and just relaxing. The home-brew beer and ginger beer will have a good showing over the next week, and I’m sure they will help grease the wheels.

Besides, I’ll have a whole weeks’ worth of photos and stories to regale my facebook friends with when I get back.