As most of you already know, we love rocks, a lot. Whilst in Colorado, our cousin told us of a well known rock formation called 'Garden of the Gods.' With a name like this we were very excited to explore. These rocks were spectacular and some looked like giant fingers stretching from the ground. We also had a great time watching local rock climbers enjoy scaling the many options available.
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Exploring Murphys Haystack, a 100,000 year old granite outcrop in South Australia.
Formed over 2700 million years ago, Wave Rock in Hyden, Western Australia forms the North face of Hyden Rock. Shaped like a giant braking wave from years of erosion, it towers over you at 14 meters high and runs for 110 meters in length. It gave us some feeling of what it would be like to ride a wave of that size... Scary! At the top of Hyden rock you can see for miles, a beautiful memory we will have forever.
We had an amazing experience in Esperance, Western Australia today. While standing on Twilight beach we saw some movement in the water, which turned out to be a pod of dolphins. There were at least 20 of them, all playing and jumping only 10 or 12 meters from shore. Before we knew it we were off, running along the beach to get a photo. We could have watched them all day and didn't want them to go, so we started climbing around the headland. At first it was flat but then we found ourselves amongst some amazing rocks, which were a great vantage point to watch these beautiful creatures in their natural environment. We were on such a high from the experience, we nearly jumped in with them. Its amazing what happens and where you end up when you just run with it. Thank you dolphin pod, you brightened up our day.
Pildappa Rock, South Australia has to be one of our favourite finds! After driving through the Gawler Rangers we took a chance and followed a sign to Pildappa Rock and boy did it pay off. As we drove towards this impressive rock we felt a childlike excitement to explore. Up, down, around and over, we were blown away by the smooth surface, round shape and natural wave formation of this rock. We spent the last couple of hours of the day watching the sun set over the magical Gawler Ranges and reflecting on how beautiful our country is and how lucky we are to be on this adventure exploring it.
People sometimes think Bega is just for beautiful farms and a whole lot of Cheese!! We got a secret tip about a natural rock jump and slide so we met up with Matt and Elise from Salt Veins and went on a trek to find this magical place. Our brother Andrew was also along for a taste of van life! Just a short drive out of Bega into heavenly countryside we took a turn on a dirt road and ventured on. Our Mercedes Vito Van did well trying to keep up with Salt Veins Range Rover cruising this way and that through the forest. Upon reaching the car park we jumped in our wet suits for ultimate speed and warmth of course. Walking up stream we were in awe, just surrounded by nature at it's best. We had reached Mumbulla Falls, New South Wales, Australia. We got to the run, jump and slide, we had one of the most special afternoons ever. Sliding and laughing, daring each other to go harder, it was a natural high. We are realising it really pays off to ask locals and fellow campers some of their favourite spots.
Afternoon rock hike on the coast of Pearl Beach, NSW, Australia.
Squeaky Beach is located in Wilsons Promontory National Park, VIC, Australia. The beach got its name from its sand, which makes a squeaky sound when you walk on it. The bay is lined with amazing boulders. These provide a maze of weaving adventures, which we loved.