Friday, November 11, 2011

Job Satisfaction on the Overland Track

My first month working as a guide on the Overland Track (a trail running North-south through the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Parks) has seen 12 different weather conditions: sunshine, cloud cover, fog, mist, rain, hail, sleet, blizzards, snow, howling winds, thunder storms, regular storms. In all of these conditions, I couldn't help smiling.

Coming from living on the west coast of Canada for 2 years, I was looking for wilderness, mountains and a training ground for running. Here in Tasmania, I think I have found it. A typical day involves waking up for a pre-work workout (thanks to my wonderful coach and friend Jen Segger), preparing breakfast for our guests, and then setting out on a 6 hour day of walking and exploring the beautiful nature of the park, climbing a mountain or two, swimming in sub-10 degree weather, building wonderful relationships with our guests, dinner and sleep (often outside under the brilliant southern stars).

Life, surrounded by so much untouched beauty, is uncomplicated!

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