Liz yogi

Hi.

And welcome! 
This is a year in my life as I walk away from everything I know to work in the outback.

The Journey IS the Destination

The Journey IS the Destination

 Threeways Roadhouse

Threeways Roadhouse

Let me give you a quick snapshot of day to day life in an outback roadhouse during the off season...

 

Get up. Go to work. Check the clock. Do the entire day's checklist in half an hour. Check the clock. Try to look busy while waiting for customers to come in. Check the clock. Make yourself an elaborate lunch as slowly as possible. Check the clock. Eat your lunch as slowly as possible. Check the clock. Sanitize the pristine benches again. Check the clock. Have another coffee. Check the clock... You get the idea...

 

I'm SO bored! All I want to do on my one day off is get in the car and go exploring. The only problem is, the only destinations of interest are at least 600km away. Luckily I found myself a (somewhat) savvy local to take me to “Lake Surprise”. I've been informed that it's a surprise if there's water in it. I don't care! It's a destination! Let's go!

 

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So we packed some snacks and a few hundred litres of water and off we went. We had two sets of instructions from different people on how to get there. Both of them went something like: “Take the dirt road after the freight yard, turn left at the water pump and follow the fence all the way down. You can't miss it!”...

 

It was meant to be 60km away, and after about three hours and several attempts of different dirt roads of similar descriptions, we decided that the surprise, or rather the joke, was on us. We headed back to Tennant Creek a little disappointed, but hey, we had spent most of the day NOT in Tennant Creek. Bonus! And we had no mobile reception and therefore no music, so we sang each other songs and raps and entertained each other with stories from our adventures past, and generally just enjoyed the company and the drive.

 We made it up the gnarly hill!

We made it up the gnarly hill!

Luckily for us, the sun was about 30 minutes from setting as we arrived back in TC, or if you're from here TFC – Tennant Fucking Creek, and we just barely managed to rip up a gnarly hill in our four wheel drive and settle into a beautiful evening watching the sunset and then the stars of the vast outback sky. It was truly a night to remember. And not even close to our original destination plan.

 

After years of getting all worked up and stressed out about sudden changes of plan, I've finally embraced the laid back Aussie way and learned to enjoy whatever road I'm on, regardless of my original intentions. In most cases, what I end up with is even more spectacular than anything I could have planned anyways. Especially when it involves new special friendships and sharing with them one of life's simplest and most precious gifts, a moment alone in nature with a bright orange and pink desert sky.

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Solo with a Subi through the West Macdonnell Ranges (Part 1)

Solo with a Subi through the West Macdonnell Ranges (Part 1)

Adaptation

Adaptation