On tour with the relatives:

This afternoon we met at Andrew’s & Gayle and with Aunty Lorna went for a drive through Nutimuk to Mount Arapiles. Mount Arapiles is renown as one of the world’s best climbing area’s with about 90,000 people visiting the mountain each year.  It has more than 2,500 climbs varying in degrees of difficulty, including those among the world’s hardest.

There is a drive up to the top with the last 50m requiring walking up steep steps but the view is worth it. Apart from the Grampians in the distance the surrounding landscape is flat.

The 50m climb up is worth it.

The 50m climb up is worth it.

 

Wheat farms with their GPS computerised machinery give the amazing uniform harvesting straight lines.

Wheat farms with their GPS computerised machinery give the amazing uniform harvesting straight lines.

Most of the wetlands on the plains are naturally salty and as you can see the Mitre Lake is no exception.

The salt plains of Mitre Lake easily stands out.

The salt plains of Mitre Lake easily stands out.

We moved on to an easier lookout that even Aunty Lorna was able to explore.

Gayle, Aunty Lorna, Andrew and Chris

Gayle, Aunty Lorna, Andrew and Chris

Afternoon tea was at the bottom of the mountain in the camping ground. This we thought was busy, but they can have around 3000 people camping here at busy times and Andrew said you can hardly see the mountain for climbers.

Out of the sun the breeze is wonderful with Aunty Lorna telling stories of visit's with Mum & Dad.

Out of the sun the breeze is wonderful with Aunty Lorna telling stories of visit’s with Mum & Dad.

We took a walk looking for climbers but with the heat of the day we didn’t think there would be many up there. Even with the help of binoculars or the naked eye, you really just have to stare at the mountain and hope for some movement. It wasn’t until I got home and downloaded the photos that I realised we had captured a girl on the rock. I had taken a photo of a plane’s jet stream against the rock face and just happened to capture this as well.

Luckily Chris saw the jet stream and said that would make a nice photo.

Luckily Chris saw the jet stream and said that would make a nice photo.

 

A tiny dot on the photo.

A tiny dot on the photo.

You might have to click on the photo once, then when it opens, click onto it again to enlarge it, so you can see her properly.

After a BBQ dinner at Gayle’s we then planned another outing to the Grampians for tomorrow.