In “real time” and since I last posted, I’ve worked many hours and traveled many miles, some for civic causes and some for fun, including a first ever trip to Las Vegas (I cannot wait to work through those photos!). In “blog time” though, I’m still in Australia.
After leaving the Great Ocean Road (see posts about my two days driving the road here and here), I drove to Grampians National Park (Gariwerd). Gariwerd is the Australian Aboriginal name for the park, which is a nature reserve in Victoria, Australia. It is known for its sandstone mountains, which rise out of surrounding farmland. The first views of those mountains required a stop for photos.
After checking into my motel, and knowing that I’d only have 3 hours or so before dark, I made the decison to hike the Pinnacle Trail. Thinking “how hard can a 2.1k (one way) trail be?”, I hit the trail head guided by this sign.
Some times the trail was obvious, although challenging.
Other times, the trail was not as obvious, and I was thankful for the trail markers (which were also hard to find at times). If you have a moment, click on the images to check out just how challenging that trail was.
As you can tell, the hike to the Pinnacle was straight up most of the time. The view at the top was well worth the effort.
The wind was blowing hard all around me, and pushing me a bit, too, and I swear, when I sat down to eat my snack, I felt that mountain move!
The views were incredible and I dearly wish I’d been able to spend more time in this 413,000 acre park. Soon enough, though, it was time to head on down, and find that post hike beer. After that, I sat on my little porch, watched the Kangaroos, and planned the next day’s route to Adelaide.
Three months after returning home, I only have one more day to share from my Feb / March trip to NZ / Australia. Believe it or not, I have saved all of the notifications about your posts and dearly hope to visit soon!