Monday, October 31, 2011

weekend : mountains and valleys


















Some days you just need to get away from it all. After the not-so-nice week that we had, we did what we as a family used to do a lot more of. Packing the 4WD with a picnic and a few other necessities  ( a chainsaw, chains, a lot of water and a few other odd bits and pieces) and taking off for the day to explore some relatively remote mountain areas. Over time I've gotten used to the steep, rocky hill climbs, the river crossings (if in doubt wade through first!) and the constant bumping around. Because the reward of seeing those breathtaking views and discovering those amazing little valleys makes it all worth it. 

And we did find ourselves in a beautiful little valley this trip. Full of history, this remote valley had once supported a self sufficient family of 17. All that remains of their lives are a few old trees and an old bread oven. But their cleared green grassy fields by the river are still appreciated by many campers today. 

It was the perfect place to throw down the blanket and enjoy a simple lunch. To listen to the gently running water and throw a few stones in just for the sake of it. I think it was just what we needed.



14 comments:

michelle said...

It looks like you had such a beautiful weekend. How amazing that a large family used to live all the way out there. I wonder what happened to them? Sometimes its nice just to forget everything and get away.

Mooberry Farmwife said...

What beauty you found. As the mama in a family of 10, I have much admiration for the large family that once lived there.

Tammi said...

A true gem of a place. Sometimes a good dose of nature is all the medicine we need :)

x

Ashten said...

so important...sounds so adventurous and fun. Your children will surely never forget such wonderful times.
they are all beautiful.

p.s. love your green sneaks :)

Bungalowgirl said...

Isn't it just the best to be outside for much of the day? Hope you are all refreshed and love that last photo of that hillocky road. melx

Jacqueline said...

I would love to live in the middle of no where (with the internet of course ;)

Looks like a wonderful place to explore!

Kylie said...

You've inspired me to do the same thing this weekend x

Claire said...

A wonderful way to farewell October........the simple things in life are the best.

Sounds like you found a beautiful place to 'escape' to.
♥ the photos.

Claire :}

freefalling said...

What a wonderful selection of photos to illustrate the beauty of you day out.
I love the yellow colouring on the lizard - it's just like lichen.

Vintage Rose said...

Looks like a beautiful spot for a picnic!

Debbie said...

A great family day!

Jane said...

i love the way you described all of those great photos in a few short paragraphs. What a great adventure! Jane x

BLD in MT said...

It looks like quite a place for exploring! Beautiful photos.

Kirsty @ Bowerbird Blue said...

What a beautiful day, so good for the soul to have a spot by yourself to rest and ponder.