Hiking to Hanging Rock (04/23/04)
Last updated 04/31/04
Our first hike in quite some time happened at the Hanging Rock reserve near Melbourne.
to visit this place ever since we saw Picnic at Hanging Rock, a bizarre,
mystical movie about the disappearance of a couple of girls and a teacher during
a school outing to this mountain. As a result of the movie I thought the place
might be a bit scary, but was happy to find that it was just a really beautiful
place to go on a little hike. Aside from seeing the rock formations which make
this place famous, we also got a special treat when we saw a wallaby near the
parking lot. Hope these pictures help you appreciate the scenery. Thanks to Gaiety
and Anshu for taking us there and to Aditi and Abhishek for giving us company
during our hike.
Before heading up to the hanging rock
and summit of the mountain, we spotted
our first Australian animal -- a
wallaby. This led to a chorus of
"howww cuuute!" from both Daria and my niece. These furry creatures
look like a cross between a kangaroo and a koala bear. This guy
didn't mind posing for some pictures but
caused a little scare when he grabbed
onto my nephew's back -- but as the
Aussies say "no worries". No animals
or people were harmed while making these pictures.
Some shots of the landscape encountered during our short hike up to the hanging