19.08.2013 - 19.08.2013
This morning was spent doing some last minute packing before we headed out to breakfast with Ruth, Rodney and the kids. We are so blessed to have wonderful siblings who have looked after us over the past couple of weeks and it was certainly sad to leave Ruth, Rodney and the kids today. Before we left, Rodney took us on a tour of his workplace at the RFDS, fortunately for him there were no planes awaiting maintenance when we got there.
We left Alice Springs and made our way to Ayers Rock or should I say Uluru. I can tell you now that pictures do not do it justice. It is an awe inspiring place and you can see why the indigenous people of the area hold it as a sacred place.
Did I climb it?
When you get there, there are signs asking you not to climb along with a number of reasons why it is often closed to climbers but today the climb was open, so yes I gave it a go with Joshua. Noah went part of the way up, but the first section can be a bit tricky, so he decided that he would rather turn around and stay on the ground.
Joshua went all the way up and thoroughly enjoyed himself. As for me, I got about halfway up and started to develop some breathing problems. I stopped there while Joshua continued on and I had time to contemplate life while I waited for him. All I can say, is that my journey up the rock pretty much mirrors my life at the moment - all a bit of a struggle, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Physically, I've lost about 5 kilos on this trip which is great, but with shoulder and back problems along with the now constant cough brought about by my climb, I'm certainly feeling it a bit
Emotionally, I have had my ups and downs along the way and have found myself questioning whether I'm a good enough husband and father and whether it was selfish of me, thinking that we would be ablest fit so much into such a small amount of time.
Spiritually, I have found myself in constant prayer but somehow still feeling disconnected even as I look at all the things He has put here on earth for me to enjoy.
I'm looking forward to getting home which will take a few days so my next blog update will be when we arrive home.