One Rockin’ Beach
I do wonder sometimes if it’s all worth it. Our recent face-off with a bunch of immigration bureaucrats, the ethical dilemma of visiting a whaling village, and our grueling overnight ferry trip left me a bit down in the dumps. So it came as no surprise that I reflected on those experiences during our latest outing in Alor.
“Why do we put ourselves through all of this?” I contemplated aloud as we walked along the forest trail. But the moment I uttered those words, the most amazing beach came into view. “That’s why,” Tony announced.
The unnamed piece of paradise, about 30 kilometers from Kalabahi in the southwest corner of Alor, was the ultimate reward for a few days of discomfort: beautiful white sand, a giant mushroom-shaped rock, and pristine, crystal-clear water perfect for snorkeling.
But that’s just the nature of travel, isn’t it? For every amazing thing we see, there’s an obstacle (or a dozen obstacles) that we have to overcome. In the end, it’s that very challenge that makes the reward so much sweeter.