1 November 2015

Chasing the Calm

Outfit 1: Paint It Red Top, Saba Pants, Windsor Smith Sandals, Lack of Colour Hat, Own Bag, PaperSea Quarterly Magazine
Outfit 2: O'Neill Bikini Top, Paint It Red Skirt, Lack of Colour Hat

Firstly, sorry not sorry for the picture heavy post! I had more than a thousand pictures to collate so you can imagine the struggle to keep it to a modest twenty. But you know how things get on a road trip and you have three cameras and two iPhones and an abundance of sunshine... shit gets cray and then it takes me months to find all the pictures that have since been scattered across multiple devices and hard drives and by then I've actually forgotten where they were taken. Cue: location services ;).

Michael and I spent nearly two weeks on the road- chasing pavements, chasing waves and most of all chasing the calm that is non-existent in city life. I constantly feel that the biggest thing missing from the majority my life is having the freedom to close my eyes and wander outside of any four walls. There's always people or the potential of people that you might bump into, or cars that might run you over. It's dangerous and not to mention strange to do such things in the city.

But step away from the noise and the hustle and strange just becomes different. There's not a handful of people to witness you spinning around in a precarious circle with your eyes closed in the middle of the beach, or scream whilst running after your hat when it blows away with the wind. And call it  childish but walking straight down the middle of the road like nobodies business is incredibly satisfying.

We free camped at Termeil on the first night which is an easy 3.5-4 hour drive south of Sydney. On our way we stopped at Kiama for lunch and a quick pit stop at Hyams Beach before arriving at Termeil around five in the evening. Upon claiming our patch of earth for the night we stopped to look out across the beach. Immediately, like some insanely good omen, right in front of us was a pod of dolphins jumping in and out of the waves. 

The next morning we broke up the camp and drove towards our airbnb stay in Malua Bay which is just 10 mins south of Batemans Bay. The one hour drive takes you through a series of state forests which makes for a peaceful greenery filled drive. We spent two nights exploring the area and absolutely fell in love with Tomakin. It's where Tomaga River meets the Pacific Ocean so it's flanked by two absolutely stunning beaches and a boat ramp at Mossy Point if you're more of a river activities person. And here's a confession for you- I immensely dislike rivers, swamps, lakes etc. because I think they're creepy AF. So you will never found me voluntarily near one but the river mouth at Tomakin had crystal clear waters as well as a quaint little cafe Rivermouth General Store. So if you're a weirdo like me, Tomakin is alright ;). 

I actually didn't want to leave the area but the fourth day saw us pile our bags back into the car and journey further south... but that will be another post. Stay tuned!