Hey lovely friends!
I hope you’re all rugged up and warm too at the moment – this weather is already making me so confused, sick and cranky! There’s still supposed to be a month left of Autumn, with crinkled and brightly coloured leaves softly falling to the ground. Not being scooped up in big gusts that make everything yucky, cold and sick. Oiy.
I’m still feeling very blah about things, which is never a fun way to feel. Such an understatement. But a great way to get my mind off of that was to go and do a hike with one of my very best friends Heather on Friday!
(I’m basically repeating what she said in her awesome blog post, which you can find the link to here, but much less eloquently than Heather because my head’s a bit stuffy. Kind of like Winnie the Pooh’s, when he says his head is full of fluff!)
I know I’m already tangenting. And I can’t even blame it on being sick, because I know that I always do it.
No, seriously. Lets pick up where we left off.
I’d read about a hike to a place called Baltzer Lookout up in Blackheath. That’s in the Blue Mountains, for those of you who don’t know. Heather arrived at mine at around 9ish, and we headed up. Our directions got us a bit lost when we turned a street too soon, but with a casual U-turn and iPhone GPS, we got to the ‘carpark.’ And yes, that deserves inverted commas because it was basically parking on whatever clump of dirt there was that wouldn’t get us in potential trouble. As we were the only car there. Two girls, and the only car there. Such adventurers, haha.
We climbed over a series of fences (small ones, and legally!) and then started the hour or so trek to get there. It was a fairly flat surface, with some inclines and declines the further along the track we got. It was following an old Fire Trail that has since been blocked off from use, other than by inquisitive hikers such as ourselves!
It was so lovely to spend that time chatting to Heather – especially as she is moving away in the next week or so in order to be closer to university. It’s so real now, I actually don’t know what to do! She’s a true blessing, and I’m so thankful that her faith can both challenge and inspire me to be living more and more for our Creator each day. But man oh man am I going to miss the fact that she’s a 10 minute drive away.
We got to Baltzer lookout eventually, and couldn’t see Hanging rock at all. My heart sank. Our notes said it should be see down to the left, where we could only see a rock that didn’t resemble the pictures at all. We took a few photos and panoramas up the top anyway.
We walked down to the left (seen in the first panorama), and as we walked to the end of it, we could see start to see Hanging rock! It actually still existed! The walk was now definitely worth it! There seemed to be some rough stairs (if you’d call them that) heading down towards the massive cliff face. I wasn’t going to give up now. So unbeknownst to Heather, I started down this steep incline, daypack off – which always mean business in the hiking world. I guess?
I heard this little “…Mel?” after a few minutes, and I called out to assure my best friend I was still alive. “Oh good” she said. “I was like, ‘She either fell silently, or has been kidnapped’…”
(Neither, thank goodness)
We both carefully made our way down. And are so thankful we did. Look at this view!
And this is what we had climbed down:
Our trek notes said there would be a bit of a gap to jump in order to be ‘fearless’ and get onto the actual Hanging rock. So of course I had to get a photo doing this! The gap wasn’t as big as what I thought it would be. But it was a significant way down to the bottom. And a two metre jump for someone pretty (very) worried about falling . My legs shook like crazy but I made it, obviously! Pretty proud moment!
It was so windy up there, so after a minute I aborted mission – only after getting a cool panorama though!
How’s that for a view?
In all, we walked a little over 10 kilometres, in just under 2.5 hours. I haven’t been that sore in the days afterwards either, which is good! Except for some nasty blisters on the back of my ankles – it took my feet a while to get used to my hiking boots again unfortunately.
We headed to Leura for lunch after filling up on petrol, and passing a Nepalese restaurant in Blackheath. Mental note: must got there sometime and reminisce the cuisine! We stopped at the Wayzgoose Café, which we discovered about two years ago with some school friends. Safe to say, the pumpkin soup is still delicious and homemade and wonderful – it was the first place I’d ever tried soup before! I’d definitely recommend checking it out if you’re ever in Leura. Love, love, love. We looked through some antique shops after our late lunch and then headed back home so that Heather could drive home, and so we could both have a rest.
What a day!
Super thankful for Heather.
Super thankful for getting my mind off of things, even if it was only for half a day.
AND, super thankful that our God created such an amazing world to explore. I’m ready for it!
I borrowed almost the entire season 5 of Grey’s Anatomy from Civic Video this morning – guess what I’ll be doing this afternoon! (If you said watching them all snuggled up in bed before braving the mountainous air for church tonight, then Bingo!)
Hope your week has been adventurous and brave, whatever has been going on.
Love and grace,