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Woodsman and the Sea | It’s time for a Walkabout, or maybe a Rideabout
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It’s time for a Walkabout, or maybe a Rideabout

For the longest time, I have felt like I needed something. Like I needed to go and talk to the trees, stick my feet in a river, listen to the wind, and count the stars. I grew up out in the country. Where on a cloudy moonless night you can’t see your hand 2 inches from your face. I have lived in the city for well over a decade now, and I have only recently realized I was missing a connection to mother earth that I didn’t even know that I had lost.

There exists something, in the Aboriginal Australian peoples … (thanks to Crocodile Dundee for our deep cultural understanding of Australia) called a walkabout. A trek of young Aboriginals where they would trace the ancestors paths. To me, I see it as a journey out in the world without your “stuff”, where you can connect with your ancestors, spirit guides, gods, or what have you.

This idea has been in my head now for about 18 months. I’m not talking about one of those 6 months sojourns that people go on. I’m thinking an extra long weekend, to maybe about a week. Just head out in to the woods, the mountains, the desert, I don’t know that it matters, I just feel like the requirement is that I not be able to see any man made light sources.

These guys just did a rideabout in Australia, and put it all on film. They went from Sydney to Melbourne on fixed gear track bikes. That idea seems crazy to me, but the spirit of this trailer is the spirit I am looking to find. Have a look …

I think I’ll be watching that when it comes out.

So what keeps me from going on my walkabout? Well realistically it’s all about money and time (isn’t everything). I only get a couple of weeks of vacation a year, and I really want to spend those with my family. So when the choice comes up for a trip with those I love, or clamoring around in the forest, I always go with them.

So what’s a guy to do? I would rather spend my free time with my family, and I want to spend my work time enjoying work. However, I am beginning to think that I might really benefit from a few days– out, with my thoughts, and wind on the leaves. I feel like I might come back a better version of myself which my work mates, and familial bundles of joy might really appreciate. Hmmm …

4 Comments
  • jake

    Wednesday the 17th of February, 2010 at 7:56 am Reply

    AWESOME! thanks for sharing, D–

  • Jeremy

    Friday the 19th of February, 2010 at 6:29 pm Reply

    LOL I loved the band-aid rip and face…

    I guess I am lucky – my family loves the mountains as much as I do – so our vacations are spent in the mountains and rivers of Utah… but there is still something to be said about doing it alone… just with your thoughts, the wind and the leaves.

    Take care dude.

  • Thuters

    Wednesday the 24th of February, 2010 at 6:43 am Reply

    Will you consider a camping trip in the North Cascades with the fam instead? We only got to go once last year, but it is something I enjoy and always want to do more often.

  • Eric

    Tuesday the 27th of April, 2010 at 6:03 pm Reply

    Will you consider a camping trip in the North Cascades with the fam instead? We only got to go once last year, but it is something I enjoy and always want to do more often.

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