Monday, 31 December 2018

tiger moth

Up, up and away. When you drop in on family and your brother in law is a pilot and aircraft enthusiast you never know where you might end up.

On route to Kangaroo Island we stopped at Nhill to catch up with Colin's sister and brother in law, Ali and Brian and their family. Amidst the chin wagging, cricket watching, finding out about the work Ali has been doing with the Karen people (Paw Po), Brian very kindly offered to take us each for a ride in the 'Tiger Moth'. Brian's father, Len, is also a pilot and an avid aviation enthusiast and recently purchased a Tiger Moth. It is on display at the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre. It is an amazing experience to be flying in something that looks so 'flimsy', to hear the whirring of the propellors and feel the force of the wind, to look over the side and your view is unencumbered by windows. It is flying at its most elemental and we both feel so fortunate to have had such an experience. (a very big thank you to Brian for taking the time and doing all the safety preparation before hand!)

clipping on the go pro

last minute adjustments

getting ready for take off

looking out the front (I had to hold the camera up high to take this
as you cannot see out the front because you are sitting down lower)

but you can see out the side and over the wing

flying over Nhill

beautiful lines created by skilled farmers

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