In the words of Ann without and ‘e’, “True friends are always together in spirit”. Well this is what it is like with my dear friend Vynka. She up and left me last year and moved permanently to NZ with her beau Jamie (home-coming for him), but it could have been worse. It could have been England, USofA, or Argentina. Lucky it is NZ. Close enough to visit, close enough for them to travel home, once a year. However, if you ask Vynka she would say “it was ok to leave as you left me first when you moved to the country!”. Yes she is right, however, I only moved three hours by car, not 7 plus hours by plane though!
Well it isn’t really that far, could be worse, so trips home are definitely achievable and that is exactly what they did earlier this year to attend a friends wedding, and they thought a little side trip to Darracolle was on the itinerary also! Yey for us!
Although we hadn’t seen them for several months, it was like no time had passed at all. Good friends are like that aren’t they. No matter how much time has passed since you last saw each other, the connection you have makes the time you catch up all the more special! As it’s like only yesterday that you were chatting… life goes on but, you are still important in each others lives and so the connection is strong and it is instantly back to chatting about everything and nothing. There is no uncomfortable silence… just like family I guess.
So instead of sitting around looking at each other or chatting with hilarious bouts of very loud laughter, which would be more the case, we went out for a day trip. As we live in one of the most spectacular parts of the state, and also because Vynka missed the Australian bush, both sights and sounds. Apparently, NZ is ‘quiet’?!?!?
So off for a visit to Beedelup Falls National Park we went. Garry and I hadn’t visited yet, (not many places I haven’t been to but this is one!) and Jamie and Vynka love it there so was the perfect spot. What a great way to spend a day with friends that is free (well nearly, park entry fee is like $7 or something! easy contribution to ensure the parks are managed and maintained for all to enjoy). Or if you are going to be travelling around the WA Parks have a very economical pass to get you around your local parks or even the whole state (check it out at http://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park-finder)
What a magical place. It is a beautiful place. The walking was easy, though Vynka and Jamie being a lot fitter and a lot more energetic than Garry and I kept a mean pace, little fit people! Didn’t stop and smell the roses, or ‘catch your breath’ stop either! Not complaining, just commenting. Different way of ‘looking at things’. The trees are AMAZING. What a magical spot. Easy access to for those who want to experience the southern forests but don’t have 4wd.
The Falls weren’t really flowing but I can just imagine what they look like in the middle of winter. Another reason for a winter visit, not to mention the fact that there must be a few caches hidden in this National Park (we forgot to check and store them offline before we went for our drive whoopsie!)
Lunch by the lake with the locals, touch the water to check the temperature, brrr bit chilly (saw a man get in – in a wetsuit – and do some rather long laps, apparently that is where they swim for the Triathlon!)
Oh and I can say I have walked a few more 100mtrs of the Bibbulmun Track, as the track goes straight through the park! Slowly ticking it off in very very small instalments, but very little bit counts.
Oh and PS – there aren’t many bottoms I would freely post on this site, but this is one of the best ones you will see (scroll down if you are confused)