“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am — a reluctant enthusiast…a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space.”
These words, from American environmentalist and author Edward Abbey, greet expeditioners as they cross the hearth and enter the hut at Bauer Bay on Macca’s rugged west coast. They remind us to get out there and enjoy this magnificent land around us.
I posted a similar article to this back in 2015 when I first came to Macca as a Comms Tech. Now here again, this time as the Field Training and Supply Officer, and the island itself really is my office — it is wonderful place to go to work on a daily basis!
The photos I’ve selected here showcase the Bauer Bay area, the first few were taken back during field training in April and May; the boating trip happened when we got some opportune weather in June; and the last few are from July taken while I’ve been out assessing some of the access points on the escarpment in the area lovingly(?) referred to as ‘Jump Ups’ or ‘Jump Downs', depending which direction you are walking at the time. Now I say “lovingly(?)” as these can often be 200-300m high on ground of varying steepness, but that’s the joy of living and working on an island with amazing coastal flats and a high plateau area — at some point you need to move between the two.
To finish, I’ll leave you with another of my favourites from Edward Abbey.
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.”
…but not too dangerous, I don’t want to launch a SAR (Search and Rescue) to come save you.