Breaking the Schedule
I often drive down towards the Great Ocean road to surf with friends at the breaks surrounding Torquay and Jan Juc. Yet, I never venture any further than Bells Beach. I’m always on some kind of timed schedule; drive for 1.25 hrs + surf for 2 hrs + grab coffee and brekky .75hrs + drive home 1.25hrs = 5.45hrs. Then I’m back at my desk in time to finish that university assignment. My talent of being efficient often comes at the price of new discoveries.
Earlier this week I made an exception. I set two days aside to catch up with my best friend in the world- Milu, who I rarely get to see these days. She brought her new man, Crille, who also happens to be a brilliant photographer. I added my wanna-be-aussie American friend to the mix and together we set off to explore.
We took a 45 minute scenic drive along the Great Ocean Road from Torquay to Lorne a followed a few back roads towards then found ourselves at the Sheoak picnic area. Huge old growth gumtrees filtered light through their canopies and baby ferns lined the beginnings of a walking trails.
We wondered along the dirt paths, without seeing another soul along the way. The end of the trail was marked with Kalimna Falls.
After our day spent in the lush Otway National park, we made our way home, stopping one last time on the beach for that perfect sunset light.
After a delicious burger at Torquay’s The Bottle of Milk I said goodbye to Milu and Crille, not knowing when I would see these wondering gypsies again. That night I crashed hard. Sleeping just enough for a 6am wake up call the next morning.
The surf was looking fun sized and glassy. So we rallied!
I couldn’t have asked for a better way to top of a perfect weekend. Rather than trying to schedule my every activity, I just went with the flow. The end result = a lot more fun, laughs and discoveries.