A Dry Run
A dry run – A practice; a rehearsal
Back in August 2017 we went on an adventure into the dry interior of South Australia – to the Flinders Ranges, Adnyamathanha country.
It could be classed as a dry run, as it was a plan to see if the walk was doable. We were in fact guinea pigs!
I wrote a series of posts about our adventures and this is the preface I used for each post.
The Frome River is the only river to flow north into the world renowned Lake Eyre, from high in the equally world renowned Flinders Ranges. From its watershed it drops about 739 metres over its 319 km length to Lake Eyre. Our aim is to do a reconnaissance walk along the 110km of the mountain section to where it crosses the Strzeleckie Track.
Even this section has been divided into 2 stages because, although part of our mission is to travel the distance, the most important part of our mission is to travel ‘in the spirit’ of those whose country this has been for 50000 years. And so this is a guided Cultural Walk in Adnyamathanha Country, led and supported by Adnyamathanha people. The term reconnaissance is used because we are not following an already prepared walk but working with our cultural guides to determine the best course, information points, pace, points of interest, and to suggest what and where infrastructure may be required. Iga Warta Pty Ltd provides all meals, guides, Cultural information and support.
This was one of the best adventures we’ve ever been on for lots of reasons.
We were often reminded that this was an ancient and traditional walk, and could be compared to the iconic Camino walk in Spain. We were encouraged to wash our hands or face in the water to connect to the river and Mother Earth.
On one of the cultural tours Terry our guide, stopped at a huge old tree and reiterated the meaning of life as seen by the Adnyamathanha people – connection to Mother Earth, respect, caring, sharing and above all else, love. The branches and leaves supports animals, covers the land, allows replenishment and earth as the giver of life. Values we could all do well to remember in this crazy world we live in today.
The dry river beds, old trees, the history, the culture, the environment, the walking, camping out and being off the grid, all added up to make it a most enjoyable adventure. Add we didn’t mind being guinea pigs at all!
These are some of my favourite photos of the dry landscape.
Some of the amazing old trees along the dry river bed
I learnt so much on this trip and will never forget it. Hopefully we can return to this area one day soon.
It was nature and culture at its best.
The simple message I took away from this adventure was – love, care, share and respect.
Values for life we could all use these days.
It doesn’t matter where you travel, what you do, what age you are – if we were all to stick by these sage words, CARE, SHARE and RESPECT, as spoken by the Adnymathanha people in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia, then the world would be a better place.
The world could use some of the serenity that exudes from my photos above – let’s all spread some love – for ourselves, our neighbours and our planet….
If you haven’t been to this part of the world I would highly recommend it. Immersing yourself in the culture and environment is very therapeutic for the soul.
Thanks for joining me today, I hope you’ve enjoyed this look back at my experiences. It’s so true, not every paradise is tropical.
Enjoy the week ahead
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