Going places!

Cradle Mountain by Naomi Petrack

Cradle Mountain by Naomi Petrack

 

I have been going through my old photos and moving them to a new drive. I do feel slightly uncomfortable not having print-outs or negatives. I am guessing I am not alone in this feeling. Of course people take so many more photos these days and it would take a room to store mine all printed out by the end of my career… Maybe sooner? But they are my legacy! A visual diary of a life lived! Really interesting for others to study in a 100 years time. My descendants maybe?

Anyhow, I came across this one. I actually sold a version some years back to be used in a brochure! I love it. The girls are tweens now. Time just flies! But it is also relevant to our lives now as we currently pack to travel for a few weeks. Unlike so many other families we know we will be staying in Australia. Probably spending twice as much by doing this but we have some family commitments along the way!

Looking forward to leaving this wet-windy State I’m sorry to say. It hasn’t been an easy winter for the outdoor pursuits with a family in-tow here in Tasmania!

I will be in touch!

Enjoy your October!

Nomewome

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Snow and Ice – The Best Bush Walk Ever! – Ben Lomond

I don't like the idea of this Mum! I wouldn't mind it if you took me home now!

I don’t like the idea of this Mum! I wouldn’t mind it if you took me home now!

Two-year-old “I want Mummy!”

Dad “We are just going for a little walk up the mountain not far.”

Two-year-old “No I don’t want to go up. Me want to go home with Mummy!”

Hmmmm was this a good sign or what? (Yes she does speak that well!). With a sigh and no expectations about getting further than a few hundred meters we move on.

Dad had packed all the coats and nibbles in his hiking pack and THIS TIME, 2 year old got her way and got to sit on Dad’s shoulders for 95% of the walk. Rather than sitting in the toddler backpack. The walk took 4.5 hours!

This is where I'm meant to be on a bush walk!

This is where I’m meant to be on a bush walk!

Now the Ben Lomond Carr Villa track is meant to be a 3-4 hours return journey and for others and in summertime it would be just that but our girls decided they hadn’t been ice skating for AGES and as most of the track was ice, they had a lovely time. Skating on the way up. Breaking ice on the way down. And when they weren’t preoccupied with ice (and snow) they were photographing it! Daughter number one actually put Mummy to shame this trip! She was very trigger happy! I am yet to see her shots, but look forward to them.

Amazing crystal formations in the snow here and my camera has run out of memory! Argh!

Amazing crystal formations in the snow here and my camera has run out of memory! Argh!

Look guys a heart shape in the ice!

Look guys a heart shape in the ice!

The first section which takes about half an hour consists of walking on scree through the low shrubs. This of course is unstable underfoot and hence the early realisation that toddler was a bit scared and was better on the shoulders. No convincing someone this stubborn without experience, so Dad resigns to the fact its time to carry her. I’m not much help after surgery in December. I’m not up to carrying anything much other than my camera and rather large lens. So until I’m fit again it’s up to Dad to carry the heavy stuff!

"I want to get down and skate on the ice for a bit Daddy!"

“I want to get down and skate on the ice for a bit Daddy!”

We had a short drink stop at the top of the big opening and then continued to find ice appear on the track as the track started to flattern out. This is when the trip slowed down. We were following the snow pole line which leads up at a distance, past Misery Bluff 1500m.

We then hit a boulder field where the girls were fascinated with the ice crystals in the snow.

Plains of Heaven

Plains of Heaven – following the snow pole line

Amazing how these sturdy highland plants withstand the weight of the ice and snow.

Amazing how these sturdy highland plants withstand the weight of the ice and snow.

Once on the Plains of Heaven we skated ourselves along the flat to the summit pass 1518m and this is where we stopped and had some vegimite sandwiches and a thermos full of tinned spagetti. The sky was so blue. Just a cool breeze and a lot of snow and ice to keep us amused. That was all we needed!

After an icy snowball fight and several damp bottoms from skating accidents it was time to head back down the mountain. The toddler was really into it now and was happy to walk holding our hands for a bit giving “Power Horse”, “Super Dad” a bit of a rest.

Check out this ice guys!

Check out this ice guys!

No hiccups on the way down other than a little reminder to daughter number two that she has to carry her own coat! I wish I could say this was advice accepted with ‘grace’ but it wasn’t to be. Hence Dad with toddler on the shoulders and big girl scooted on ahead while I worked on getting daughter number two down and in a happy mood!

Slipper up hill bit to the pass

Slipper up hill bit to the pass

Time to head back down now. "But we haven't made a snowman yet!"

Time to head back down now. “But we haven’t made a snowman yet!”

All that done we arrived back at the Scout Hut to sleeping two year old and Tim-Tams to share.

Very successful day. But you can never plan for a good day. If it works out that way then it’s when we get lucky! And we got lucky yesterday at Ben Lomond. It was a glorious day with number two admitting it was her favourite bush walk EVER!……. Just on the quiet…….she says that every time! (Very cute!)

Enjoy these crisp, cold, bright, winter days!

Nomewome

3pm and the ice is still stuck hard to the snow pole!

3pm and the ice is still stuck hard to the snow pole!

Cradle Mountain in Autumn with Toddlers

For the love of the great outdoors!

For the love of the great outdoors!

This shot was taken a few autumns ago when life was slightly different to what it is now. It was before dragging kids off to school! Simple some might say, but busy in a physical way. So having the energy to go for a bush walk was not as it once was but soon recovered once on the track.

Walking with toddlers is a challenge. You have to be fit enough and know your limitations as to how far you can walk carrying a child. Sometimes they will want to walk a bit. Sometimes not! Plus other times they will sleep. So we found the backpack a great investment. Someone carries the food and coats and the other the baby-backpack.

Having kids has certainly limited the amount of places we can go and how long we go for but we love that they love it! There are years that one will decide it’s all a bit too much and so we have no end of headaches for the first hour, but after that it is all smooth sailing and becomes an adventure that surprisingly not many other kids seem to have! We find our contented happy faces out in the wild!

Nappy changing in the freezing winds is a bit of a hassle. Also you must remember that if you are walking in ice-cold winds and a child is sitting in a backpack that they are warmed in the body by you but their little limbs soon turn very, very cold and also if they sit too long they get pins and needles that hurt very much when they try and stand.

Keeping it short and sweet is my motto at the moment but would love to hear from others experiences in the great outdoors! Please feel free to share and leave a comment!

So excited about being autumn again. Cradle we will be heading you way again soon!

Have a great day!

Nomewome

Toddler and small child on the shoulders! What a man!

Toddler and small child on the shoulders! What a man!

“Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)”

A Cradle Mountain detail!

A Cradle Mountain detail!

Now lots of people photograph the obvious up at Cradle. That being the mountain and the wildlife. The fagus turning golden. Waterfalls and muddy tracks but I must admit I enjoy photographing the obvious signs of wildlife. I’ll attach a picture also of Wombat Poo too. I’ve got a really good one of wombat poo during winter but I can’t find it in my archives so this is an autumn snap!

I am being serious with these shots. The different animals all have different shaped poo!

Anyway, now you have had a laugh.

Enjoy your night!

Cheers

Nome

Tasmania Wombat Poo!

Tasmanian Wombat Poo!