Dave and Holly, our Kiwi friends, heard us profess our hiking mission over dinner (and vodka) and decided to join along this week.

Claire the vicambulist, spreading the word of walking one person at a time.

Week 3: Werribee Gorge State Park – circuit walk
Distance: 10 kms
Grade: moderate to difficult
Weight: appx 6-7 kgs

It was a hot one today in Melbourne.  A top of 34, and a series of unfortunate events put us at the trailhead just before midday. The walk was mostly exposed, and moderate in grade, up and down the gorge cliffs.  But although it was incredibly hot, there was a soft breeze, and it was a good, varied trek.

Not more than 20 minutes in, we spotted an echidna.  Score another one for Claire & Steve’s adventures spotting furtive Australian fauna!

(getting a closer look)

(if I can’t see you… you can’t see me… right?)

We also brought Bentley (bad idea). It was longer and hotter than we’d judged.  Plus, as we discovered, the trail involves several sections of scrambling, including one with a “handrail” to assist.  It took a 3-man handoff shuffling the lil’ pup like a football to get him around the bend…

(note the wire affixed to rock ledge)

But in the end, sweaty and breathless (and nearly out of water) we completed the circuit.  We rewarded ourselves with some snacks and a well-earned cold beverage.   All and all, it was a challenging but good hike for week 3.

(a tired lil pup gets a lift)