White Cliffs – Outback Australia (Where’s Baz)

Underground Motel
White Cliffs, Outback Australia

I’ve had a little bit of hiatus from the keyboard over the past couple of weeks and perhaps you’ve may have been thinking where’s Baz, has he gone underground or something…

Well talking about going underground, I took this photo late in the afternoon at White Cliffs, Outback Australia on one of our recent trips…

And just below the surface is the Underground Motel where we stayed in rooms fashioned out of an old mine.  White Cliffs is an opal mining town, whose day time temperatures in summer can be above a ‘hundred on the old Fahrenheit scale for weeks on end and below zero at night in the depths of winter.

White Cliffs, Underground Motel
White Cliffs, Underground Motel

Seemingly, there is little happening on the climbing front just at the moment, even though I have recovered sufficiently from the operations earlier in the year, I’ve just lost a bit of zest for it.

Baz, Southern Alps, New Zealand
Baz, Southern Alps, New Zealand

Isn’t life funny sometimes, hey!

I wanted to be on those high mountains so badly earlier this year, in fact I was scheduled to be in Nepal climbing this month, and now I’m struggling to get motivated enough to get back out there – so fingers crossed for me!

And crikey, in the meantime, it is Janet’s scones cooked in a camp oven in the Outback and TomO’s antics whilst on tour– and there’s nothing wrong with that!

Photos: Baz, The Landy
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13 thoughts on “White Cliffs – Outback Australia (Where’s Baz)

  1. vastlycurious.com November 21, 2013 / 11:28 pm

    Such a unique and cool place! Funny , I just asked you this very question on the last post. You need some “get up and go” Baz! Everything happens in time!

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  2. Cowboys and Crossbones November 12, 2013 / 7:48 am

    Missed ya Baz! Those caves look amazing! Maybe your zest for climbing will come back to you in time…or maybe you are just enjoying your time away from it. Either way, happy to hear you’re healing well!

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    • Baz - The Landy November 12, 2013 / 8:07 am

      Thanks…all going well actually, Janet is busy working on Marions Artree, so plenty to keep us busy!

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      • Cowboys and Crossbones November 12, 2013 / 8:20 am

        I’ve been keeping up with Marions Artree on Facebook and it looks like all is going wonderfully!

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  3. barbara grandberg November 12, 2013 / 4:15 am

    good to hear from you :}

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  4. MikeW November 12, 2013 / 3:04 am

    Baz, great to hear from you again. Bottom line: whatever you do in your training and adventure life, I’m just glad you’re still journaling about it and healing up. The long-lived Sherpas take their time with the great ranges too.

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  5. nancytex2013 November 12, 2013 / 1:24 am

    The motel looks fantastic. What an adventure!
    Re: the climbing, I say follow your heart. When the mountains start calling, go to them. Til then, enjoy your sea-level adventures. 🙂

    p.s. The orange flavoured Tim Tams… OMG. So good!

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  6. Jim in IA November 11, 2013 / 11:51 pm

    Good to see you.

    The motel/hotel is unique. It reminds me of the ice hotels made in some far northern climes out of ice blocks.

    When you say outback, I assume it isn’t a specific place, but rather a region. Here in the middle of the U.S. it is hard to escape from civilization. If you do get far enough away, we sometimes say we were out in the boonies, or boondocks. Different locales have their own terms. Some say you are out in the sticks. The most general terms are urban and rural, as you would expect. Then it gets more colloquial.

    I hope the scones were good. I made an apple pie yesterday. Melanie mixed the ingredients. I built it. We ate it with ice cream with good friends after dinner.

    Have a good one…

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  7. honeydidyouseethat? November 11, 2013 / 10:44 pm

    Those caves look amazing. Shame about the climbing, maybe just give it some time?

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    • Baz - The Landy November 17, 2013 / 5:44 pm

      Yeah, but I’m enjoying what I am doing presently, the climbing will be if it is meant to be!

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  8. icescreammama November 11, 2013 / 10:04 pm

    i say, appreciate what we are appreciating at the moment, everything works in cycles, can’t go wrong with family and scones. enjoy. 🙂

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    • Baz - The Landy November 17, 2013 / 5:43 pm

      And that is how I am viewing it!!! With a couple of scoops of course! 😉

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  9. klayire November 11, 2013 / 7:19 pm

    You’ll need to take a wee trip down to the ‘zest’ shop and get some more. It’s gutting when plans don’t work out / are postponed. Glad you’re recovering from your operations! Scones in the outback – can it get any better?

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