A day getaway to one of the Australia’s Victorian Alpine region with a bushfire aftermath. A surprising journey without checking the weather condition. Sometimes, not planning your destination brings you a spicy journey and the moments of travel enjoyable especially with nature photography. Looking back on our travels would bring us deeper appreciation from what we have not realised once we have left and reflected more afterwards.
At this point, we are at Marysville town. It continues to advance economically despite the great bush fire that destroyed most of the townhouses, people’s lives, business shops, and wildlife. Currently, entrepreneurs and business minded people are encouraged to go there and establish their opportunities to build their affairs. We are heading towards that cloud covered mountain for the first time since we missed to reach it before halfway when we were running out of time this way, right after Marysville town burnt horribly.
Driving through the foggy road brings very freshness to your face as you wind down the car window. The autumn season feels like mistaken winter already.
Over the mountain, you can see the trees are taking years to regrow from the great bushfires! Bare trees are not an autumn effect, but the ground surroundings are mass growing with plentiful greenery ferns, gum bushes, and other flora.
Anywhere you turn, the greenery regrowth brings you hope for the future despite the aftermath black burnt trees. How amazing the gum trees charcoaled trunks regrown contrast beautifully.
The toll gate only operates during the winter season where you pay your entrance fee but any other seasons are simply free of charge. Prices for vehicles (buses, personal cars) are reasonable to keep the Alpine Resort alive and well to travel safely.
Finally at Lake Mountain Summit! The cold cloud nine ride feels very eery when we thought we are not there yet at the summit against the cloudy gusty wind at the top. Once we got out into the car, welcomed by a freezing wind without snow but so refreshing to the soul and body. Unfortunately, we missed the scenery but something to come back and explore further.
Keep infusing your life with the smell of essential oil fresh gum trees,
Brian & Jennifer Baulch