Saturday, 22 December 2018

Alpine Country

A few pics from our recent excursion into Alpine Country.

Harrietville; first time in the new tent and trying out our sleeping mats. All good, but not my preferred mode of accommodation! I'll take the caravan any day. There isn't really a way to be comfortable in a hiking tent and on a sleeping mat, even though I opted for the 'comfort deluxe'. Oh well it was only for a few nights and the aches and pains slowly dissipate once you get moving in the morning.

figuring out the 'jet boil' and accessories
We hiked along the 'Razor Back' from Mount Hotham to Mount Feathertop, well almost all the way. We stopped short to ensure that my sore knee would make it all the way back and be ok for another day or so. The views were stunning so we didn't feel like we were missing out on anything by not doing the very last couple of kilometres.

starting on Mount Hotham means the views are amazing right from the start
around, up and over
and it just keeps going
around another bend
its a rocky path at times
heading into a section of snow gums.
the snow gums are ghostly white and mostly dead due to a previous bushfire
taking it in 
how's this for a view

We camped at JB Plains Hut Camping Ground and had the whole area and the long drop to ourselves.

Colin loves to tinker with things
a long drop on a lean 
early morning mist
the early morning mist was amazing ten minutes before this photo was taken.
It took me that long to dash to the car and get my camera and get back, bummer missed it.
Reminder to self, always keep a camera on hand!
amazing spider webs in the morning sun. I couldn't get any closer to take a photo
because the afternoon before a snake had slithered into the grass right near this tree
right after it raised its head/body when Colin had carefully walked past it.

From the heights to the plains - the following day we took it easy with some walks around Dinner Plains.

luscious green (hope there's no snakes in there)
golden wildflowers
a dam with tadpoles and croaking frogs
 the obligatory cup of tea and piece of fruit cake

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