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Alpine National Park

Our route from Suggan Buggan took us over hte BUchan Ranges into the Alpine National Park where the temperatures plummeted in direct proportion to the rise in elevation (10 degrees at midday, 1500m).  The  steep and very windy roads took a toll on Kai.

Victorian High Country

Victorian High Country

We stopped at lunch at Native Dog Flat Campground where Kai rolled out of the car and vomited due to car sickness.  Poor bugger.

Needless to say we stayed the night there.  But wow, what a site.  Bitterly cold and windy.  But beautiful.

Native Dog Campsite

Native Dog Campsite

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Love these snow gums

Love these snow gums

Kai decided to make a boat to float down the creek.  Unfortunately I’m not Ben Lexen… the winged keel did not work that well.

Kai carving his boat

Kai carving his boat

Ben Lexcen, we ain't

Ben Lexcen, we ain’t

Where's the champagne?   Boat launch for HMAS Kai

Where’s the champagne? Boat launch for HMAS Kai

Kai also decided to write a book about his trip.  When he puts his mind to it, and wants to do something, there is no stopping him.  He basically remembered the whole trip, and took excerpts from his diary to flesh it out.  He must have sat there for hours.

At night we were again treated to freight-trains of wind as they rushed through the tree tops above us.  LIndy and I stayed up talking over the warm campfire (there was heaps of firewood there) as we looked up at stars in the clear night sky and listened to the whinnying of brumbies in the blackness of the night .  Nice.

Kai takes the opportunity to  the crystal clear alpine waers to clean his rock collection

Kai takes the opportunity to the crystal clear alpine waers to clean his rock collection

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Now that's a fire worthy of camping in the snowy mountains!

Now that’s a fire worthy of camping in the snowy mountains!

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Again, we awoke to those wonderful cheerful birds to eat warm damper for breakfast, fresh from the campfire.

Fresh damper

Fresh damper

MMMMMMMMM... Love this fresh damper.

MMMMMMMMM… Love this fresh damper.

Red Robin

Red Robin

Again, we were treated to some spectacular scenery as we passed through Omeo to the Victorian High Country.  After lots of umming and ahhing, we decided to take the route through Falls Creek instead of Mt Hotham.  The road up here was steep and nothing short of spectacular as we passed through the snow gum forests and enjoyed the wonderful vistas.

We stopped at the foot of Mt Cope, at 1750m.  I reckon it was about 5 degrees and windy.

At 1700m, it was a little chilly even for Shae

At 1700m, it was a little chilly even for Shae

Hangin' for the snow!  Falls Creek - the boys and I have season tickets for 2014...

Hangin’ for the snow! Falls Creek – the boys and I have season tickets for 2014…

Who should we meet???  Simon, Jo, Hugo, Otto and Isobel from Cape Peron in WA… from about 8 months ago!  Just proves what a small world we live in, and how Australia is an even smaller place than we imagined (even though it seems big!).  Happy days.  We all walked the Wallace Historical Trail…

Shae and Otto - catching up on old times from WA

Shae and Otto – catching up on old times from WA

Wallace Hut

Wallace Hut

Can't believe we ran into the Halls up here!  Love these snow gums!

Can’t believe we ran into the Halls up here! Love these snow gums!

Shae - yep, he's mad... on the Wallace Heritage Trail

Shae – yep, he’s mad… on the Wallace Heritage Trail

The kids on the aqueduct on the Wallace Heritage Trail

The kids on the aqueduct on the Wallace Heritage Trail

Jogger on the Wallace Heritage Trail

Jogger on the Wallace Heritage Trail

Another alpine hut

Another alpine hut

Victorian High Country

Victorian High Country

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And the call went up... SSSSNNNNNOOOOWWWW!!!!  And guess who had their skis with them (moi!)

And the call went up… SSSSNNNNNOOOOWWWW!!!! And guess who had their skis with them (moi!)

We camped two nights with the Halls down at Mountain Creek at the beginning of the hike up to Mt Bogong, the highest point in Victoria at 1980m.  Didn’t walk it:  11hrs straight up is probably even beyond our kids at this stage!  Still, it was nice to spend a couple of nights with Simon and Jo as the kids played happily around the campground and in the freezing cold creek.  My baths were much colder here than back in the Snowy River.

Mountain Creek - ur campsite

Mountain Creek – ur campsite

Mountain Creek Campsite

Mountain Creek Campsite

Mountain Creek - at the top of the Peppermint Tree walk

Mountain Creek – at the top of the Peppermint Tree walk

Jet stream

Jet stream

Moon rise - Mountain Creek

Moon rise – Mountain Creek