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Mt. Tamborine strike mission and 4/100 in the waterfalls challenge

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Mt. Tamborine strike mission and 4/100 in the waterfalls challenge

For our latest installment of the #100waterfalls challenge, the kids and I were joined by a beautiful couple, Peruvian wife Patti, Australian husband David, who we had met randomly a year ago in a local coffee shop in Lennox Head. Since I first set out to make my documentary Double Barrel, about an oil-dominated surf village in north Peru, Peruvians began to drop out of the sky into my life in Australia. I never had a Peruvian friend before I made the film, now I have a family across the world. Life is so beautiful like that.

Curtis Falls.

Curtis Falls.

Last week Patti reached out on social media, saying her and David had been following our waterfall journeys and would love to come on our next adventure. Early Sunday morning we set out north,  into the luscious rain forests that surround Queensland’s Mt Tamborine. Patti and David met us at the entrance to Curtis Falls - I’ll give away this one as it is well mapped, signed, and even has a boardwalk that prohibits you from entering the swimming hole at the base of the falls.

Experimenting with 360 Insta Nano to capture the feeling of being inside the 'womb' of Mother Nature.

Experimenting with 360 Insta Nano to capture the feeling of being inside the 'womb' of Mother Nature.

We were mesmerized by the trees in the forest as we walked down to the falls. The Curtis Falls Track is nestled within Tamborine National Park, Joalah Section, and protects remnants of Tamorine Mountain's plant communities including areas of rainforest with stunning piccabeen palm groves, tall flooded gums, open forest with bracken fern understorey and woodland. These plant communities provide essential wildlife habitat in a landscape almost entirely surrounded by urban and rural development. Basalt columns, cliffs, rocky outcrops and waterfalls are a lasting legacy of volcanic eruptions 23 million years ago.

Going deeper.

Going deeper.

More laughs, more play.

More laughs, more play.

Basalt and its healing properties

Let's talk about basalt. Until I Googled, I had no idea what a basalt column was, but I had a feeling it was to do with rocks. Here is what I discovered:

"Basalt is an igneous rock that forms from the relatively rapid solidification of basaltic lavas and is one of the most common types of rock in the world. Minerals and trace elements in the ash cloud are extremely beneficial for the planet. The rocks themselves have the basic elements for life including carbon, phosphorous and nitrogen, only requiring water to complete the formula. It is high in silicates, iron, and magnesium.

The fertility of some of the world's richest and most productive farmland is due to the minerals produced by nearby volcanoes.

Basalt and volcanic ash can be used for healing the physical body, remediation of toxic waste, nontoxic ‘enlivened cements’, healing building materials, radiation shielding, etc.

The crystalline structures within basalt can be used for communicators/capacitors. The light emitting from the structures are an avenue for many 'out of the box’ developments - and the microbes within have a world all their own.

The pre-Aztec Pyramid of the Sun outside of New Mexico, is built from volcanic rock and is highly paramagnetic. The Rosetta Stone was made of black basalt.

Basalts are the most productive aquifers of all volcanic rock types.

Rudolph Steiner believed there is rock powders that will pass on the subtle energies received from the cosmic bodies." - Kathleen Smith (Original article).

Full vegan power. In  Divine Goddess Yoga Products  leggings that are the BEST for weekend hikes.

Full vegan power. In Divine Goddess Yoga Products leggings that are the BEST for weekend hikes.

Why thank you Mother Nature for providing us with everything we need to heal and thrive right there! Unable to jump in the swimming hole at the base of the main falls, we trekked deeper into the forest (always going deeper!), and once again struck magic in the form of a high vibrational sheltered swimming hole under the shelter of towering palms. Patti and I stripped down to our bikinis, tip toed into the icy, crystalline water, and reveled in the refreshing pool.

The best free spa you'll ever find is the one nature provides, free.

The best free spa you'll ever find is the one nature provides, free.

At the end of our swim, we circumnavigated the 30minute route back to the carpark, and ventured into Mt Tamborine village for a walk and lunch. There is so much more to see in this area and I feel we barely scratched the surface. Such is the story of every adventure we embark on, and why we won't stop exploring. Patti texted me when we returned home that evening saying it was one of the best days for her and she was so grateful for the experience. Feeling refreshed, revitalized, and rejuvenated.

Recharged.

Recharged.

Wander deep, uncover more.

Wander deep, uncover more.

Don't feel that without financial investment you can't get the R&R you need. I'm all for natural spas and organic treatments, but I think the best ones you can find are out there, under the canopies of towering trees, free for those who dare to go after the experience. And if you can't make it outside for whatever list of reasons, just breathe; you are nature.

Tarzan.

Tarzan.

What is the #100waterfallschallenge?

In case you've missed my earlier posts, after returning home to Australia a month ago following 8 months of global travels, the kids challenged me to take them to 100 waterfalls this year - either at home in Australia, or abroad, and thus began the #100waterfallschallenge (Instagram: @takanamitrouble).

Rooted.

Rooted.

Living Simply for domestic violence awareness

As I write, the kids and I are house-hopping one last time for a couple more weeks before moving into the local caravan park to live in a tent for the year. Our objective with tent life is to promote sustainable living, connection with nature, and to raise awareness for domestic violence. 85% of domestic violence survivors return to their abusers, with many citing financial strain or the fear of a decline in living standards once they leave.

There is a huge lack of funding for domestic violence survivors and the safe houses in our country are appalling, or not available. Despite this, women do not have to feel helpless enough to risk the safety or their lives, and their children's, by returning to abusive environments. I believe that poverty is a state of mind, and that all women have the tools to empower themselves from the inside out. Find out more about how I support the empowerment of women through global trekking expeditions here.

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Peace, love and unity. - Angie xx

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Bush walking adventures and the waterfall challenge

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Bush walking adventures and the waterfall challenge

100 waterfalls challenge: 2/100

Upper falls - after an hour playing in the lower falls we decided to trek another half hour inland...worth the effort when we found these stunning cascades and had the pools to ourselves.

Upper falls - after an hour playing in the lower falls we decided to trek another half hour inland...worth the effort when we found these stunning cascades and had the pools to ourselves.

Happy Easter!

Well, the Easter bunny sure appreciates a vegan family, delivering two recycled jars filled with dark chocolate vegan blueberries, strawberries, vegan Easter eggs, and dried apricots. We were up before the sun, typical of most days, yet instead of taking off on my morning run I hit the yoga mat first thing then went about my rituals of juicing and preparing the kids a healthy vegan breakkie.

We had no plans for Easter except for being outdoors, and with the beaches typically crowded over this holiday break we decided to go off on an inland adventure, about 3hours-ish south and into the bush in search of waterfalls we were yet to discover.

Ryder was complaining of a stomach ache the first two hours of the drive, resulting in me pulling over every 15 minutes so he could try to vomit. I think a few too many dark choc eggs were consumed first thing, a good lesson for my little guy about having rich foods in moderation.

We reached a dirt road and continued into deep rainforest for around 15 minutes before finding where we thought would be the start of the walking track. These falls are not sign posted - the best kind - but being Easter, there were a few cars parked on the side of the road suddenly so we knew we had hit the entrance.

We loaded up on water, a homemade vegan picnic lunch of fresh wraps, fruit and veggies, and set off on foot into the rainforest. This area is quite rocky and the kids loved crawling over rocks and fallen trees as we traversed the dusty, narrow track. It reminded us (on a much easier scale!) of our recent adventures in the Tayrona National Park in Colombia, where we spent two days exploring some epic terrain on foot in the park.

Lower falls and the water temperature was icy.

Lower falls and the water temperature was icy.

We reached the lower falls and spent a good hour playing in the frigid waters; I had suspected the water would be murky after all the recent rain but we scored crystal clear water and full pools. The sun was out and the rocks warm for some sun bathing between plays.

Frrrresh!

Frrrresh!

We left some of our belongings on the rocks and decided to go exploring a little deeper into the rainforest; our experiences exploring waterfalls in Colombia had taught us that the further you go, the more you can find. Such is life. The path was sketchy, slippery, and barely a trail but we made our way over boulders and scaled a small cave and after about 30 minutes we found what we were after: majestic falls without the crowds.

Going deeper...

Going deeper...

I could swim right up under the falls and felt the pounding water massage my skull while the boys played in the shallows. The water was so much colder than expected and I think we will be back in winter to use these pools as training grounds for the Wim Hof Method.

Raindrops keep falling on my head :)

Raindrops keep falling on my head :)

As we played in the pools I took a moment to look back over the past 8 years of motherhood, from living through raging domestic violence to being a lost, emotional single mother, to falling in love again only to find myself back again as a single mother but this time around a whole new woman and, in my heart, a whole new mother.

I realized that I had been living with some kind of contempt from being made a mother so young, in my eyes missing out on all the solo travels I had expected myself to undertake in my 20s. In many ways since my divorce I have been trying to recreate those 'lost years', and whilst I've had some wild adventures on film shoots and travel writing trips, there has always been a piece of me that has not been able to completely feel free since becoming a mum.

Eating the sun for afternoon tea.

Eating the sun for afternoon tea.

Day by day, this feeling has been transforming, and whilst I'm not going to sugar-coat single motherhood, I have realized that my blueprint for happiness has needed shifting. Instead of focusing on what I missed out on in my 20s, I've moved my attention to the epic adventures I can have as a mother of two rad ninja boys as a fit, healthy vegan woman in my 30s. Today was testament to this mindset shift and the three of us had a truly amazing day out in the bush exploring.

Rock hopper.

Rock hopper.

As if reading my mind, at the conclusion of the day the boys decided to kick off the 100 waterfall challenge for 2017. So whilst today's falls are so worthy of a return, it looks like our next waterfall adventure will be to new terrain. And we explored both the lower and upper falls of our secret location today, so that's 2/100 for the year (the five falls I visited on my solo drive from Adelaide to Lennox last week don't count apparently; the challenge is the three of us have to adventure as a family to new falls each time).

If there are any single mums out there struggling with the challenges of the day to day of motherhood, I encourage you to get out and explore your local area. Today's mission was a six-hour round trip in the car (less than $10 in petrol in our Toyota Hybrid Prius), with the kids sleeping the entire way home while I listened to Tony Robbins podcasts. Put the laundry aside, whip together a picnic lunch, throw in towels, hats and water, and don't overthink what you need to get out into nature and explore with your kids.

Upper falls.

Upper falls.

Happy Easter.

Much love,

Angie. xx

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