A Drive… A Park… An Adventure
Going off the beaten track is something that all of us dream of doing. In reality very few people actually venture away from the well trodden path. I had always thought and deliberated a lot before making decisions. Parents teach you that every action has a consequence and I had learned to cautiously plod my way through life. In a way these very same thoughts pervaded into other aspects of my life. This is especially true when it comes to planning a vacation. I was scared. How would it turn out out if I planned it myself? Would I land up stranded? What would be the consequences I would have to bear? Would I get robbed? So many questions and very few answers. That is why like most people, I opted for tours and a set agenda.
That was till I allowed myself the opportunity to try something different. I allowed myself to contemplate on a new idea. The idea of going to locations which are not popular… Locations which are beautiful and not crowded. The thought appealed to me. In fact it appealed to me so much that I decided to give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised. I did not get lost and if I did, Google maps was always there to come to my aid. I did not get jostled and the sound of people shouting and yelling was not always ringing in my ears.
That’s how one vacation led to another. Hiking, trekking, swimming became a part of my activities. They did not scare me. In fact of late I have found myself looking forward to the challenge. That is why I jumped at the idea of going to the Kajirini National park in Western Australia. My friend had made all the plans and he was looking for someone to join him. He needed the company.
Going to Kajirini however required more preparation than your average holiday. We had to check and see the weather forecasts. Going to Kajirini in the middle of a cyclone was a definite no-no. The fuel tanks were filled up. I wondered why my friend was taking so many precautions. He explained that petrol bunkers were scattered across large distances. We needed to fill up with as much gas as we could. Sounded good to me. I didn’t want to be stuck pushing our jeep around!
We made our way towards the park. I was surprised to find that my friend had even packed a satellite phone. It was only later that I realized that the phone came in so handy. You see most of the park doesn’t have good reception facilities so you may as well put your mobile phone off.
The stay in the park was almost as good as our drive towards it. The quite solitude and the dark green trees surrounded us. In fact we got to spot a number of animals that are native to Australia. The Kajirini park is a dream come true for those of you who love nature. For me it was a perfect place to escape the noisy city life!