Chapter 8

A Wet Walk in a Dry Place: 2004 

The terrain of the Australian Outback is typically dry and arid, but during the autumn of 2004 a record rainfall changed the entire landscape. I was there, exploring a new route with three good friends, including John and Monica Chapman, well-known among bushwalkers in Australia for the numerous trail guides they have written and published. This chapter focuses on adapting to the elements and maintaining a positive attitude in unusual circumstances. It also sheds some light on how trail guides are researched, and it relates a hilarious incident I had with an aboriginal gentleman.