Week 5: Waterfalls

Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness!

This week the other workawayers and I stayed the night at a nearby resort, rented a car, and went on a mini road trip to see cool waterfalls and crocodiles. BEST DAY EVER!

I can’t even begin to tell you how obnoxious I was getting after staying in the same place for so many days. I got to be the driver of the car, which I secretly had been hoping for. One of the things I miss most about being home is driving my own vehicle and singing to the radio. After the initial confusion over which hand to use for signals and adjusting to the passenger being on my left, I am proud to announce that I was quite successful at driving on the wrong side of the road. It was so so much fun!

We went to Josephine Falls, which is about an hour North of Mission Beach, and it was everything that I want in life. But seriously, I’m barely joking. We had about a 1 km walk to the falls which ended up having these big pools of water where people were swimming. Big boulders were scattered where the water was flowing which made perfect islands to set up our towels and gear. The four of us jumped rocks (some of us better than others) down the stream/river to get into the water for the first time. The water was cold, but perfect – for this Pacific Northwest woman. But all of these things do not make up the glory that was the rock slide. Oh my… you don’t even know. It was heaven, real life heaven on earth. We climbed up this ginormous rock, walked out onto the waterway, sat down and had the ride of our lives (slight exaggeration) down into the deep pool of cool water. I probably went down that slide 15 times, like a child, and had to drag myself out because I knew everyone else was cold and ready to go. Sometimes when I’m cleaning (now that we’re back) I take a moment to remember what it felt like to be plunged into the water and to swim back up again. It was so glorious words fail me.

We ate lunch and then went to Eubenangee Swamp to try and spot some crocodiles. We didn’t. But there were cool views and beautiful birds, so that’s something. We arrived back to the retreat by 7 PM, had some drinks, and reminisced about our favorite parts of the weekend. Ahhhh, satisfaction.

Beyond the fabulous trip, we have been working hard doing our jobs and trying to plan our next steps, which has been way more emotional than I imagined. Suddenly, the idea of leaving these people, who have become dear to me, leaves me weepy and scared. I start to get cranky and disengage at the thought of splitting up, even though I know that it will happen sooner or later. I hate it, and my journal has proof of my intense feelings about this.

So, with that, I leave you until next week. XXOO