I have so many amazing travel memories. The time we did an Aboriginal Walkabout in the Blue Mountains of Australia was one of the most unique experiences of them all.
Walkabouts are a rite of passage for adolescent Aboriginal men. At a certain age they were left to wander the wilderness on their own for up to 6 months with only their ancestral song lines (story/songs) to help them find their way back home.
Forget 6 months; this hike was rough!
Our aboriginal guide took us deep into the forested Blue Mountain wilderness for our walkabout. It was seriously challenging! We hiked for most of the day on rough terrain with no trails.
He showed us ancient Aboriginal cave art dating back to anywhere from 13,000 to 15,000 years old.
Rarely seen waterfalls.
We even did some Aboriginal face painting! Pretty sexy eh?
Each symbol we painted on our faces had a meaning. That was one of the coolest things about the Walkabout. Every plant, every stream of water, every corner you turned was part of an ancient story.
If you find yourself in Australia you should book yourself a Walkabout. One of the most fun ways to burn a gazillion calories in a single day.
I have so many of these cool memories of travel adventures. I'm thinking I might start posting some of them weekly for #ThrowbackThursday. What do you think?