End of summer

27 February 2013
This last weekend of summer was a hot one and I made the most of it. Though I can feel in my bones that this warm weather will not disparate when February shifts to March. The weather does not adhere to the peoples calendar.

I woke up on Saturday to blue skies and suggested to my other half (lets call him 'the Builder') that we make a trip to the beach. We headed to Edithvale, a southern beach side suburb of Melbourne. We soaked up the sunshine, consumed fish and chips, and laughed a lot.

Later that afternoon I washed the salt and sand off and met up with friends for the White Night festival. One thing I have noticed about Melbourne is that this city likes a festival. Something is constantly celebrated. And this was no different. A night long extravaganza that saw 300,000 people turn out and crammed the city streets enjoying a range of activities with a focus on art, music, film, and light. And best part? Everything was freeee! This was the first White Night Australia has hosted. Let's hope they do it again.

Walking to the top of Mt. Donna Buang.

14 February 2013
I enjoy hiking. The long and the short. Steep or flat. I love the challenge and sense of accomplishment at the end. I ventured out to Mt. Donna Buang with a group of hikers from Melbourne. The mountain is located near the town of Warburton, one hours drive east of Melbourne on the Yarra River.

The hike started at Martyr Rd. The hike is steep and has a level 4 grading. The sign says to allow for 7 hours to do the 12km hike or you can do the 15km return over 8 hours. There is an elevated viewing platform at the top offering views of the Yarra valley, Melbourne, Dandenong ranges, Cathedral Ranges and the Australian Alps. While the elevation is steep, the walk through the mountain ash bush and rainforest is worth it.

The mountain is popular during winter as it is the closest ski field to Melbourne. There is a road all the way to the top for those who would like to try tobogganing when winter rolls around.

You can get here via public transport. Trains run from Flinders Station to Lilydale. From Lilydale train station jump on a bus to Warburton.
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