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Up to Craigieburn Valley Ski Area

Car kept a distance away from each other fearing stray stones

Car kept a distance away from each other fearing stray stones

 

A few kilometer uphill drive on unpaved road brought is toe Craigieburn Valley Ski Area. We were lucky to have been able to book the Lincoln Uni accomodation as in a matter of few weeks after our visit, the entire area will be fully booked by skiers. We have the whole place to ourselves…awesome!

The Lincoln Uni accomodation block is an old but nice place. The main door opens into the main hall with a fire place. How cool is that! The hall can probably fit about 30 people seated. It doubles up as a dining hall as well. It was a cold day and the burning fire place was very much welcomed.

I can understand now why people love the fire place so much

I can understand now why people love the fire place so much

There are some rooms with double bed bunks on the back of the hall. Without heating, the rooms felt cold and dead (not sure if that’s a good work to use to describe it). We decided to share a room with another family with a toddler. With the packs and room allocations out of the way, we got ready to hike up the mountain to look for that elusive…snow.

Beautiful snow caps on the mountain

Beautiful snow caps on the mountain

It was a huff and puff walk up the mountain to experience ‘snow’. The little voice in me whispered ‘are you nuts?’ while the logical mind knew better not to voice it out. Still cannot comprehend this fixation with snow. Anyway…up the mountain we went. Strong Meun carried Yang Yang on her back all the way to the point where we had this rarity of substance called ‘snow’ (which I now think is not much different from shaven ice for Cendul).

Strong mom carried the lad all the way up the mountain

Strong mom carried the lad all the way up the mountain

 

 

My lazy lad being piggy back all the way

My lazy lad being piggy back all the way

Wrong boots and making priorities made us stop a bit lower from the top of the mountain where there is most snow. Both of us had on boots with lousy traction on snow and with an expensive (and heavy) cargo on our backs, best that we don’t risk the entire climb for potential slip and fall. We stopped and enjoyed snow (minus the cendol). It was great fun to watch Meun and Yang enjoy their play in snow. All I can think of is getting off the mountain. The sky was turning darker and I fear that I do not know enough to stay safe in an unfamiliar environment such as this.

Manage to get this family pic before descending

Manage to get this family pic before descending

 

By the time we got down to the accommodation center, the sky has darkened considerably. We hurried into the main hall and huddled together around the fire place, enjoying the warmth and quiet of the moment. It had been a long day of driving and definitely tiring for Meun since she literally piggy back the lad up to mountains, it was time to pipe down and get rest. The following day is an adventure on it’s own.

 

 

 

 

 

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