neige

We managed to make it up to one of our favourite places to frolic in the last snow of the season, bask in the sunshine, take 1000s of photos of our dogs running, and enjoy each other’s company. We hiked for probably 11km and stopped at the town nearby for kebabs on the way home. Lumen didn’t run off once, Mal wasn’t too tired, Loki didn’t smash himself to pieces trying to go very fast. It was lovely.

Here are my favourites:

Ready, set, go!!!

Ready, set, go!!!

I love the trees up here. Some are burnt and are just white trunks... some still have splodges of colour and are all twisted and cool shapes.

I love the trees up here. Some are burnt and are just white trunks… some still have splodges of colour and are all twisted and cool shapes.

She's just so beautiful and so photogenic...

She’s just so beautiful and so photogenic…

Sometimes she even poses majestically...

Sometimes she even poses majestically…

Mal is, as usual, yelling at everyone. Loki's trying to round up Lu, and Lu is just having the best time because snow.

Mal is, as usual, yelling at everyone. Loki’s trying to round up Lu, and Lu is just having the best time because snow.

Badgers are pointy and handsome...

Badgers are pointy and handsome…

And you can race fast dogs across nice scenery and backgrounds...

And you can race fast dogs across nice scenery and backgrounds…

And Mal, even at nearly 12, still walked the 11km without pulling up lame or being too sad.

And Mal, even at nearly 12, still walked the 11km without pulling up lame or being too sad.

I <3 these guys

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Loki can do it better than his biggerer brother. ;)

Loki can do it better than his biggerer brother. πŸ˜‰

3 proud dogs on a rock

3 proud dogs on a rock

30days of Mal
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30 Days of Mallei

Day 1: Barking + Snow = happy. (Nic says: snow! It’s his most least favourite thing! Which I think meant that he both loves it at first and then doesn’t like it rapidly after that, not that it’s the thing he hates the most)

Arf!

Arf!

So, Penny has been doing a 30 days of Panshanger on her blog so I’m stealing the idea to do a 30 days of Mal because he’s sort of become a bit lost since Lu and then Loki came along, so a bit of focus on the old guy wouldn’t hurt. Be prepared to see lots of jolliness, lots of worriedness, and lots of orange.

Somewhere in the middle of the 30 days we’ll be moving house and will in all likelihood end up without internet/beds/things to eat off for a while so I apologise in advance if there’s a small hiatus there.

Dogs on snowy rocks.
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snowverload

(title TM Penny Spencer)

 

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amazing adventure weekend

In summary:
Penny, Nic, me, Badger, Lumen, Mal

Stopped at the gates to a National Park, told to go up some stupid road instead. went up stupid road. Found most awesome hiking and alpine scenery.

9kms of hiking, 800+ photos, patches of snow, snow running and playing, a crystal clear little pool for dog swims, free-running in the bush, great views, awesome company, laughs, chats and the dogs having a great time (all very tired after), future camping spots discovered, future sites for snowventures discovered and all in state forest where it’s total A-OK to have your dogs AND have them off-lead!!!

As an aside, it’s really, really rare in Australia to find anywhere remotely ‘alpine’ that allows dogs. For as long as I’ve known, I’ve considered everything ‘mountainous’ to be a part of the Alpine National Park, and therefore strictly no dogs. To be able to walk in this kind of environment and have the scenery we didΒ with the dogs, was just so exciting for all of us – we never imagined we’d be able to! So there’s certainly lots more exploring of this area to be done!

photo(s) of the week: more snow!

Thanks to Penny for most of these photos. My good camera was sadly left where we do herding so I won’t be getting it back till the weekend, so I had our little point and shoot and although it’s meant to be good, it just can’t live up to my other one.