Friday, April 30, 2010

21 again

Its become a bit of a tradition that each Anzac day (my birthday) that we go 4x4ing for the day. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday that with family, friends, in the bush, 4x4ing.

This year we headed down towards Yalwal with the plan to camp overnight and make a 2-day trip of it. A good number of cars all from SES had gathered. A long weekend ensured there were plenty of other people with the same idea.

As the day unfolded we found plenty of fun tracks to play on, along with a bit of mud to play in. Our day was occasionally interrupted by the odd shower of rain but that just added to the fun on the tracks. Most of the afternoon was spent playing on the steps at Wombat Flat.

Late in the afternoon we pushed deeper into the bush where we found a great, surprisingly empty camping spot. Tents were soon set-up and a fire was lit. As darkness fell everyone cooked up their twist on a camping dinner. As the fire roared, the camp chairs gathered around, the stories started and the port flowed, then to my surprise a yummy birthday cake was shared by all, “what a great way to spend an evening”.

Sunday started out crisp and cool, a heavy fog filled the valley, but as the sun gathered warmth a beautiful day unfolded. We were soon off exploring more tracks, our mission today was the renowned 6th Stage hill climb and it wasn’t long before we were at the bottom of this gnarly climb. Recent rains had the top surface still very slippery and beyond our level of expertise. However that didn’t stop us walking most of the track to check out huge rock steps.

Eventually it was time to head for home. Another great 4x4ing trip had come to an end. Thanks to those who shared the weekend with me.

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