Sometimes you just don't have enough time to do it properly, and sometimes, not doing it properly actually becomes so proper it's not even funny! Today was one of those very days. A mountain of work to be done, but that mountain of work had to be put in the shadow of an actual mountain, for just a bit. Introducing... the micro hike of Tugun Hill Conservation Reserve.
There's never anyone here, which is crazy because the light shining through the eucalyptus trees hits the ground in the perfect of ways, it's like an untouched nature reserve with a manmade path. The density of the thicket on the highway side cuts the road noise almost entirely, if you blocked your ears just a little you could almost be anywhere.
Taking a 5 year old on a hike is like taking a 90 year old on a rollercoaster, about 1/3 of the way through they inevitably just want you to tell them it's almost over. Getting through the short hike took me promising we'd soon see a snake and when that failed, we did what we typically referred to as a 'backpack'. Marley was happy with that, so happy in fact that he asked if i'd walk us to the top of 'that big hill'. Which I naturally did. He was psyched, I was panting like a dog. Dog's are cool, that made me cool too.
The cool thing about this little trail is that there are these stone steps all through it, they're everywhere, like the trail is going to lead to some kind of otherworldly mansion, but doesn't. The fallen leaves litter the trail, it's super nice to walk on, natural enough, while kinder reminding you that you're doing the lowest risk trail you possibly ever could. This is us on the way out, Marley is on foot again, thank goodness for that.
We got back out into the clear and found a swing, no big deal, just a swing, but it soon turned into a big deal for a 5 year old boy. It got good, he swung as high as the clouds, I just didn't get a photo of that. Micro hike done, and what an epic micro hike it was!
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