The idea to go on a short hike came during Boxing Day. While we were browsing in Kathmandu, hubby came across this walking pole that he really wanted to get, while I came across a pretty canvas duffle backpack that I really wanted as well. The idea was to get these items for our upcoming road trip to Wilsons Promontory, but we thought we would test it out the next day.
We arrived at about 7am and parked our car at Grants Picnic Ground, our starting point. It was so cold, so we were lucky we had come prepared with jackets, food and some hot tea. We decided on the Eastern Sherbrooke Forest Walk (Grants Picnic Ground - Lyrebird Walk - Neumann Track - Welch Track - Coles Ridge Track - Grants Picnic Ground), which was about 7km long and estimated to take about 2 hours to complete. It was rated moderate to difficult, which hubby was very pleased about because it meant he could put his new pole to good use.
We walked through forests of Mountain Ash and Messmate Stringybark, while listening to the sound of the birds buried deep within and overhead. Since it was early in the morning, the air was cool, the sun was peeping between the trees and there weren't many people at all, which made for a serene walk. We had a great time, from keeping as still as we could to record the sounds of nature, to trying to use the walking pole as a selfie stick. Apart from a steep descent and later, ascent, most of the walk was quite easy to complete. We managed to complete the circuit in just under two hours, and this included time taken to stop for photos and re-fuel with some food.
There were clear signs all along the way, but we still brought a map, just in case.
I had no regrets waking up at 6am on a Saturday to attempt this walk. Even if you have only been following my blog for a short time, you would notice that I am blessed with the luxury of eating out quite often, so this is a great habit to form while I try to cut back on overindulging. I can't wait till our next walk, be it here or someplace different.