9 Waterfalls in 9 Days

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9 Waterfalls in 9 Days


As another year of sobriety anniversary approached, I set out on a new challenge: "9 Waterfalls in 9 Days." This annual tradition is a testament to my journey of reflection, resilience, and renewal. This year's challenge was an unforgettable experience. While it may not have seemed as daunting as last year's 8 mountains in 8 days challenge, it still presented its own set of hurdles. Just four months prior, I thought my hiking adventures were over due to debilitating exhaustion caused by years of misdiagnosis. However, with determination and alternative medicine, I nursed my body back to health, ready to take on this new challenge. Balancing this endeavor with my responsibilities as a mother, student, and worker added another layer of complexity, but I'm pleased to say that my body held up well throughout the journey. Every year, I embark on these trails to celebrate my sobriety anniversary, a milestone that owes much to the healing power of nature. After battling addiction for 23 years, I made the choice to swap drinking sessions for time spent in nature, transforming my life and my family's. This year, I raised $535 for OVIS Community Services, an organization close to my heart. I didn't hit the goal but know the contribution will aid in their work in breaking the cycle of violence which resonates deeply with my own experiences of overcoming domestic abuse and addiction. During the challenge, I hiked to nine breathtaking waterfalls, driving over 2065km to and from all locations. These serene landscapes served as reminders of the progress I've made and the challenges I've overcome. As I celebrate my 9th year of sobriety, I look forward to the next chapter. Plans for a remarkable adventure to mark my 10th year are already underway: a multiday hiking adventure in Kalbarri's Murchison River Gorge. This journey, like my past adventures, will be an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for a chosen charity. I'm immensely grateful for the support and kindness shown to me throughout these nine days. To my extended family of supporters, thank you for being a constant source of strength and encouragement. You are the ones who keep me going, and for that, I am forever grateful.


You can read all about the amazing adventures below!

Day 1 - Serpentine Falls, Serpentine National Park

Serpentine Falls

Day 2 - Noble Falls, Gidgegannup

Today for day 2, I embarked on a mesmerizing journey to Noble Falls, a hidden gem tucked away in nature's embrace. As the sun began to peek over the horizon, casting its golden hues across the sky, anticipation filled the air. The morning felt alive with possibility, as if each step along the trail held the promise of new discoveries. The long loop trail wound its way through a lush landscape, where the soothing sound of flowing water accompanied my every stride. Wooraloo Brook danced joyfully, its cascading waters adding to the symphony of nature's melodies. With each twist and turn, the trail unveiled new vistas and hidden wonders, inviting me to pause and marvel at the beauty that surrounded me. As I immersed myself in the serenity of the falls, I couldn't help but feel a profound sense of connection to the natural world. The moody sky painted streaks of pink and purple, creating a stunning backdrop for this enchanting scene. It was a moment of pure magic, where time seemed to stand still, and all that mattered was the beauty of the present moment. As the day unfolded and the darkness of night gave way to the light of dawn, I felt a deep gratitude for the opportunity to witness such splendor. Nature's embrace had left an indelible mark on my soul, reminding me of the profound beauty that exists all around us, if only we take the time to look.

Day 3 - National Park Falls, John Forrest National Park

Christmas Creek Trail

Day 4 - Beedalup Falls, Beedalup National Park

Day 4 saw us witness the ethereal magnificence of Beedalup Falls which is like stepping into a hidden realm of pure enchantment. Made even better by the fact that my teenage daughter decided to join me for the weekend, hiking each waterfall trail. Those moments become less as they get older so I definitely treasure them when they do happen. Mother-daughter adventures in nature are truly a thing of beauty. There is something magical about the bond shared between a mother and daughter as they venture out into the great outdoors. Whether it's hiking through lush forests, climbing majestic mountains, or simply sitting by a serene lake, these adventures create treasured memories that last a lifetime. The beauty lies not only in the stunning landscapes they encounter, but also in the laughter, conversations, and shared experiences that strengthen their relationship. In nature, they can truly embrace the wonders of the world, discovering hidden gems and marveling at the awe-inspiring beauty around them. After a rainy roadtrip down, the sun put on a show, its golden rays illuminating the lush green foliage lining the trail, a symphony of nature's melodies fills the air. As the trail unfolded, the distant sound of cascading water grew louder, and then, like a moment of pure magic, the trail opened up to reveal the breathtaking Beedalup Falls. A symphony of crystal-clear water plummeted gracefully from the towering granite cliffs, creating a mesmerizing display of mist and movement, the water crashing into the pool below, rainbows dancing in the sunlight.  We stood in silent awe, our hearts overflowed with gratitude for the opportunity to witness such unparalleled grandeur. Beedalup Falls has left its mark today, with my daughter especially, now known as her favourite waterfall ever & it's easy to see why.

Day 5 - Quinninup Falls, Cape to Cape Track

Quinninup Falls

Day 6 - Marrinup Falls

Day 7 - Lesmurdie Falls, Mundy Regional Park


Day 8 - Rocky Pool, Kalamunda National Park 

On Day 8 of my Waterfall Challenge, I was treated to the serene beauty of a sunrise hike to Rocky Pool in Kalamunda National Park. The crisp morning air was tinged with anticipation as I set out along the wide gravel trail, enveloped by the lush greenery of the bush. Towering granite outcrops loomed overhead, their rugged faces bearing witness to the passage of time. As I ventured deeper into the heart of the park, the soft sounds of nature filled the air – the gentle rustle of leaves, the chirping of birds, and the occasional scamper of wildlife. Each step brought me closer to my destination, and with each breath, I felt a sense of peace wash over me. Finally, after a couple of kilometers of hiking, I reached Rocky Pool, a hidden gem nestled amidst the rugged landscape. The waterfall was in full flow, its cascading waters creating a symphony of sound that echoed through the tranquil surroundings. The sight of the rushing water against the backdrop of the rocky outcrops was truly breathtaking, a testament to the raw beauty of nature. As I stood there, taking in the sights and sounds of Rocky Pool, I couldn't help but feel a deep sense of gratitude for the opportunity to experience such natural wonder. In that moment, surrounded by the majesty of the bush, I felt a profound connection to the world around me, reminding me of the simple joys that can be found in exploring the great outdoors.

Day 9 - Sixty Foot Falls, Ellis Brook Reserve


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