Fea­tured Let­ter

Australian Geographic - - Your Say - JEN­NIFER SOMERVILLE, LIS­MORE, NSW

LIFE IMITATES ART

I could hardly be­lieve my eyes, when read­ing AG 146 on our re­turn from two months wan­der­ing this great coun­try of ours. We are for­tu­nate to be able to reach out-of-the­way places in our 4WD mo­torhome and meet won­der­ful peo­ple. One was the bar­maid at the Wil­liam Creek Ho­tel who en­thused about see­ing Mar­ree Man (page 14) for the first time when she took a flight over the area from Wil­liam Creek, a gen­eral avi­a­tion hub now in the harsh land­scape north-west of Mar­ree. The mag­a­zine also fea­tured the Painted Desert (page 106), which we saw at sun­rise af­ter camp­ing overnight at Ar­ckaringa Sta­tion. We break­fasted near those glo­ri­ous hills, with the colours framed in the win­dow of the mo­torhome.

And fi­nally, the Silo Art Trail (left) of western Vic­to­ria (page 26), which had been on our list of ‘must-dos’ dur­ing our two months away, and proved well worth the jour­ney. A bonus on our way home through NSW was the fairly new mu­ral on the si­los at Weethalle. There was even fa­mil­iar­ity with the short ar­ti­cle on page 110 about the Blin­man–Arka­roola Road. It was de­scribed by the writer as “rarely trav­elled” and when we chat­ted to a ranger in the Blin­man bak­ery, af­ter we had com­pleted the drive there from Arka­roola, he agreed that the road is a “bit bony”. And that’s an un­der­state­ment! AG is do­ing a great job in bring­ing those sto­ries and im­ages to peo­ple who are not able to go wan­der­ing like us. Thank you.

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