When the idea for a few days away came up, I was reluctant. My brain had shifted into workaholic mode. Still, a wisp of interest drifted in. I researched deals on hotels, bed & breakfasts, and cabins. I looked anywhere from the Great Ocean Road (several hours away) to the nearby Dandenong Ranges. In the end I settled on a place in the small town of Sassafrass. It was only a half hour away in the woods and down dirt roads, with privacy but not isolation since I would be staying alone. Even though I came down with a nasty sinus cold on my way there, I loved cooking, reading, praying, watching Gilmore Girls, and brainstorming for HOPE61 work. I stayed for two nights and three days. On the second day I ventured out to Olinda Falls for just an hour of hiking and bird watching. The Australian bush is tall, quiet, noisy, and beautiful.
After conquering the worst of the hills, I sat quietly on a stump to wait for the birds to come out. Soon a kookaburra laughed maniacally, white cockatoos screeched at each other, and magpies bugled their traditional tune. Part of me wanted to stay forever but there were more trees, more bird calls, more quiet thoughts waiting for me to let them approach.