Sunday, August 4, 2013


Finally found my way through...

For weeks I have been planning a walk all the way through the National Park to the surfside of Bribie. Something about the unattainable 4WD beach has long captured my attention. Once I walked 4 1/2 hours along the beach to find Mermaid Lagoon on that side, and then had to endure the 4 1/2 return trip with blistered feet and hips that felt like they were dislocated. I made up my mind to NEVER put myself through that level of pain again!
So I googled a possible route and it seemed simple enough. Follow the road that accesses the SEQEB Water plant until it becomes a fire trail. Maybe take a turn to the right and then there would be a path that took me 'almost' to the beach.
 WRONG! This is where I ended my first attempt. I took a wrong turn and ended up the proverbial creek without a paddle, or alternate plan!
 Another day, another look at the map and working out where I went wrong the first time. It is never a failure in life, if you use a thwarted experience as a learning process. The temptation to brush it aside as irrelevant is common, but as I found out 70% of the journey was on the right track, it was just a small miscalculation that caused me to err.
Nothing ever worth achieving is gained without persistence, and how sad to give up when breakthrough may be just around the corner... or just past the next set of trees!
BREAKTHROUGH is mine! My first glimpse of the sea through the tree tunnel.

The sunrise on the deserted beach and the view of uninterrupted beauty was worth it all.
I made sure to leave a trail so I could retrace my steps next time, and also as a marker to others who may want to follow in my footsteps. 

A very biblical principle, I might add!

Set up road signs; put up guideposts. Mark well the path by which you came. Come back again, my virgin Israel; return to your towns here.
Jeremiah 31:21

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