Caleb and I have returned from a exciting (and exhausting) trip to Western Australia. This was my 13th visit to Australia. Over the years I have developed a deep respect for the country and its people. I have always found Australia to be possessed by a fresh, clean, authentic feeling of energy and optimism. Visitors from America find little of the weary care that seems to weigh so heavily on the United States these days. That said, it is my opinion that Western Australia (a massive state that is three times the size of Texas) is Australia’s Australia. Construction booms tower over the city of Perth and people are animated by the certainty that tomorrow is destined be better than today.
Near the end of our visit we spent time on the southern coast of Western Australia in the city of Albany.
The Elders of Hawthorn House took Caleb for a swim at Middleton Beach. Over the horizon (2,000 miles to the south) was Antartica.
We were welcomed into and made to feel a part of an extraordinary community resource known as “Hawthorn House.” The photo below was taken in the house’s sitting room and features Caleb getting acquainted with “Jeb.”
I am working on a little video that helps give a sense of this place. It might be up later to day.