Sunday, 28 October 2012
Snow in the High Country
The temperature in Albury is rising. The school year is into its final term. It is exactly two months until we fly home to England. In short, we're entering the home straight of our time in Australia.
The Kiewa Valley Highway took us south, into Victoria, and through a picturesque town called Mount Beauty.
We got back in the car. The road climbed sharply and then fell away before starting its next ascent. The trees on both sides were immensely tall and arrow-straight. This was a lonely, challenging road. We snaked around hairpin bends, one after another, taking each one more slowly than the last. Up and up and up we drove.
Knowing there was still snow on the top of the mountains at Falls Creek, I foolishly surmised that conditions at altitude would be wintry. However, as we completed our walk in heat of at least 20C, my decision to wear a jumper and jeans, and to stuff an extra hoodie and scarf into my rucksack, was looking increasingly like lunacy.
We weren't unhappy to see the resort in hibernation mode, though. The stillness added to the natural grandeur all around us. Another remarkable string to this diverse nation's bow.