Wednesday, January 24, 2007

closer to Melbourne

It is amazing how many tourists are on the road and in Victoria there are many signs near camping or roadside viewing areas where they remind European and US visitors of the "keep left" rule after they have been distracted by some awesome sights........
Father David Wells shows us around the area north of Melbourne where he lives and where we can stay for a week.
"The birthplace of the Ashes" is the Holy Grail of all Aussie cricketers.

The builders of Melbourne's (until recently) tallest building (The Rialto-253 m high) were so kind to refurbish the Cross on Mount Macedon after rust, rain, fires and lightning destroyed the original structure built in the 1920's, at their own costs.

Visited by the first prospectors on their way to the gold fields in the 1800's we find "Hanging Rock" which became famous after a book written in the 1970's called "Picnic at Hanging Rock" and later filmed in the 1990's. It is a vulcanic uprising and the story describes some school girls disappearing at the top after a picnic. I was surprised to get myself lost at least 6 times between the many rock formations with rain channels running in every direction, before finding the path downwards again.


Looks like you have had a bit of bad luck with the weather, at least from a camping point of view! (I am sure it is good for the farmers though?)

Missing you heaps!
too bad that it is raining so much. It is bound to get better. I like you historical outlook on things. When you are done with this trip, maybe you should try teaching at the highschool?? (history, geography??). Or write a book for would-be travelers? We are enjoying the blog!
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