Country towns are NOT usually walkable

We’ve often heard about walking being good for our health and well-being. Apparently, it’s also good for the economy. That surprised me because I assumed that buying and servicing a car would add more to the economy than my occasional pair of worn out shoes.

It seems that increasing the walkability of an area adds to the economic bottom line because we spend more money when we’re not caged in a moving vehicle!

That certainly seems logical in a big city, but what about the smaller towns? And what is walkability anyway?

This article from the ABC Radio National sheds some light on the topic:

Edraki Article Promo

References

www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-29/walking-isnt-just-good-for-you-its-good-for-the-economy/10558742

Soundwalks – for when you can’t get out?

An interesting article popped up on the ABC Life feed, introducing Soundwalks for kids.

They are kinda meditative, and if you can cope with the narration then they could be fun for adults as well. My favourite so far is the waterfalls! Although the abrupt ending is a bit awkward.

There’s 10 in total, from a range of locations across Australia.

Soundwalks Logo

References

www.abc.net.au/kidslisten/soundwalks/

It was dry, but still worth the effort

It’s been two years since my last bush walk. I’m definitely out of practice …

… which made the Peak Hill Gold Mining Experience an ideal place to regain my bush walking bearings. It’s well signposted and not too big, and right next to Peak Hill. I couldn’t get lost no matter how much I stuffed up. And stuff up I did … a little bit.

The Gallery

The Walk

Mum and I started by looking at the big map near the entrance, but I was a bit nervous and didn’t study it. I photographed it but not with my phone’s camera. So, when I realised I didn’t know how far we still had to go, I had nothing on me to answer these questions.

I wasn’t technically lost and we were in no danger, but that disorientation did add some extra adrenalin to the experience.

My first tip:  Maps. Very important.

We walked in the afternoon. It wasn’t hot but certainly warm. We both took water, but I wished I’d taken more. You can fill your water bottle near the entrance, but I forgot that when we got back to the car. It’s easy to forget things once you get a bit puffed and dehydrated.

My second tip:  Take more water than you think you’ll need.

Time is always a factor. Finding time. Fitting things in when time becomes available. Right? So would it be a problem if, having found the time, that walk is longer than expected?

The map suggested 30 to 45 minutes, depending on which trail. We ended up taking a mixed path, starting on one, grabbing of bit of the other and then dashing to the exit via the tarred access road. There’s that disorientation I mentioned earlier.

I lost track of time and estimate it was 1&1/2 hours.

Time is never as expected when I take my camera out for a stroll. When my Mum comes along, the walk will be a bit slower, not because she’s just shy of 80 but because she will stop and look at any rock that catches her eye, regardless the size.

When an event runs over time, do you fret about the other things you could be doing? Or do you recognise that those other things would have cost you this experience … if you’d let them!

My third tip:  It’s a fascinating place. Give yourself plenty of time. I recommend a morning start.

I haven’t taken a walk like this since leaving Canberra back at the end of 2016 … two years. In that time, a terrible drought has taken hold and it was evident. I’ve seen photos of this area when it was lush and green. In contrast, on this day the leaves of some trees were the same colour as the ochre walls of the open cut mines. I wonder if they will recover?

But don’t ignore these walks because it is dry. There is always beauty in nature. It may require more effort to find it or it may require a shift in perception, but it is always worth it.

Dry Scrub Gold Mine Experience

I must go back after some good rain and see how it changes.


Find Out More About This Walk

Go to our Peak Hill Gold Mine Experience page for details on how to find this walk

A walk through the art

We walk for all sorts of reasons. There’s a trend lately for mindful walking, where heart rate is not the primary focus.

It’s about walking slowly through the natural environment. In contrast, for this walk, I headed mindfully down the main street. Granted, there are trees and shrubs along the way, but they weren’t my primary focus.

I took the Public Art Trail, established by the local Council back in 2016. It’s quite a short walk, about 8 minutes from end to end. I took it slow. Sunday Morning Slow.

Actually, I chose Sunday morning to avoid as many people as possible.

The aim was look closely at the colours and textures that grabbed my eye along the way.  I was looking for the quirky and the beautiful to capture in a photo.

Eight minutes became … who knows, I lost track. And this is a sample of what I found:

Upturned chairs with window reflections
Paper flowers with window reflections
Notice in reverse
Newspapers with window reflections
Door detail
Billboard
Blue window display

Of the commissioned art, Literacy is my favourite. But she is difficult to photograph. A local real estate agent has plonked a For Sale sign right next to her. During the week, there are cars parked all around. I settled for a broken up view …

Literacy public art work
Literacy public art work detail

Art is for enjoyment and, if we want to be a bit adventurous, for interpretation.

I’m up for a bit of adventure. So here goes:

Literacy, where it is currently placed, speaks to me of the future of our children as they take their place upon the foundation of the past, be it books or buildings.

How will we manage that foundation, what will they see in our attitudes towards it, and how will we ensure they all have access to the lessons society has already learnt?

Oh, my. Maybe a bit much for a Sunday morning!


Find Out More About This Walk

Go to our Public Art Trail page for details on how to find this walk

A walk in nature can be good for …

Sometimes, you come across an inspiring article that stays with you. Today I read one on the ABC website about walking. There are also a few links in the article to other great reads.

I cannot imagine myself walking for a full day, let alone for four full days in a row. Yet, I’m intrigued by this idea that it is possible to stop thinking altogether if the walk is long enough.

Huntley Article Promo

References

A walk in nature can be good for your head, your happiness and your relationship – ABC Life