Showing posts from February, 2016


"A thing of beauty is a joy forever."
-- John Keats

***As you cruise along the Indian Ocean Drive (which is actually a highway), north of Perth massive white hills materialize and juxtapose against the dark-colored shrubs.  However, they're not hills.  Scattered along the Coral Coast are enormous, shimmering white sand dunes.  Aside from their commanding size, Mom & I were more impressed by their distance -- easily 10 kilometers -- from the shore.  Can you imagine the force needed to deposit all those tonnes a.k.a. tons of sand inland?

***   The village of Monkey Mia offers a serene evening catamaran cruise where the ocean reflects the watercolor sky. It is the only location in the entire state where you can watch the sun set behind land.

*** The seaside city of Busselton boasts the longest jetty in the southern hemisphere.  Originally this wasn't the case, but due to sand drifts more extensions followed over time.  The wind was fierce and nippy as Mom & I steppe…


"When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound...
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the silence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free."

-- Wendell Berry, The Peace Of Wild Things.

Inside my climbing gym is a poster with jagged Seneca Rocks and the state's slogan "Wild, Wonderful, West Virginia."  By the end of a 5 week road trip through Western Australia, the phrase seemed more fitting for Australia rather than the U.S.A... with one twist. 

I propose WA's motto should be "Wild, Wonderful, Weird, Western Australia." Appropriate for the country's largest state, it's the only one to touch the exotic Indian Ocean and dominates a third of the continent.  It is so large you can fit Texas and Alaska inside, with room to spare.  Let's start with the…