Thredbo 2021, Days 7-8: Winding down

And suddenly, we arrived at our last full day, and to be honest we weren’t hugely inspired about how to spend it. This is unusual for me as I love planning our walks and activities in Thredbo, but I think I’m just darned planned out for the moment. I will get my mo-jo back soon, though, I know. The ironic thing is that most of our Thredbo trips have had at least one rainy day forcing a quiet day, but this year we had glorious, mild, clear sunny weather from go to whoa, which is good, right?!

So, after a cuppa at the bakery we did the easy little 3km Pipeline Path. We thought about tacking on the lovely, slightly more demanding Bridle Trail Loop as we have before, but having followed the Pipeline path to an unexpected detour point we found ourselves past the Bridle Trail connection area so we just kept on going back into the village! 

We spent the rest of the main part of the day resting and reading our books, just popping out to the Thredbo Pub for a quick lunch. And actually, my Tuna Poke Bowl was pretty nice, and a great change from the common pub fare of schnittys and parmis! As good as the food was, the best part of lunch was watching the hovering Little Ravens zero in on the leftover food on an abandoned table before one of those nasty pub employees turned up to shoo them away …

Then, all of a sudden, it was mid-afternoon, and we were feeling a little too slothful so, on the spur of the moment, we decided to take the chairlift up to Eagle’s Nest (and come back down the same way!) This is the (or “a”) departure point for many walks – Dead Horse Gap, Merritt’s Traverse, Merritt’s Nature Track, Rawson’s Pass and Seaman’s Hut, the Mt Kosciuszko Lookout, and of course the one everyone has to do at least once, the walk to the top of Australia, Mt Kosciuszko itself. We have done all of these at least once, and several of them several times. They all have something to offer.

Our lazy plan this visit, though, was to do none of these but to just potter around the above-the-treeline-alpine area around Eagle’s Nest. We walked out to where the Dead Horse Gap track leaves the Kosciuszko path, and just experienced the landscape, enjoying some wildflowers and little creeks. It’s so beautiful, clear and fresh up there, and a lot of people were taking advantage of the perfect day.

We then spent a rare night in because, well, Monday night and none of our favourite restaurants were open.

And that’s where our trip more or less ended except that, at around 10:45pm, a message popped up on my phone from Aussie online-bookgroup-cum-blogger friend Louise saying she’d just arrived in Thredbo, and, knowing it was an annual haunt of ours, wondered if we were likely to be around while she was! Wah! We really couldn’t hang around the next day as we had committed to be home to visit my Dad in the afternoon, but I was thrilled to know that she had decided to try out the Alps! I really hope she and her party have a great time.

Home again

Our trip home was quick and uneventful, with just a breakfast stop at the very popular Birchwood cafe in Jindabyne, and a short stop at the inspired BirdsNest clothing store in Cooma. We noticed that the Monaro is yellowing off, as it usually does in summer, despite the greater rains we’ve had this year, but otherwise it was business as usual, and we arrived home on schedule ready to properly start 2021!

Thanks to all of you who have once again followed our little trip with us – and particularly to those of you who added your comments. I’m so sorry that Lithe Lianas/Mum/Grandma (aka my Mum) is no longer with us, adding her funny quips and interested comments, too. But, that’s life, isn’t it?

So, farewell folks … we hope you all have a better 2021 than 2020 was.

7 thoughts on “Thredbo 2021, Days 7-8: Winding down”

  1. Len and Sue
    Lovely to be part of your summer trip again and to envisage summer in the mountains. We have spent lots of time in that part of the world but are a bit past those wonderful walks these days. We are mostly in stay at home mode at present but are finding plenty to interest us. No big trips planned till we are vaccinated and feel confident to stretch our wings again. Our very best wishes to you both for a positive year ahead . Kind Regards Trevor and Jennie West

    • Lovely to hear from you Jennie. Thanks for saying hello! I must say we have no big trips planned, either, except we do hope to go see the family in Melbourne in February. We haven’t been there since last March – the weekend when everything started to go to custard. Otherwise, we have done two or three little trips within a couple of hours of Canberra, and will probably keep doing those for as long as they seem safe.

  2. Same here, it’s just too fraught trying to go anywhere, there’s no guarantee you won’t have to quarantine when you get there or when you get back.
    And TBH we don’t usually travel at this time of the year, what with the heat and the bushfires, the most comfortable place to be is at home. There’s lots to see and do on the Mornington Peninsula and that will do me for the time being, and we’ll see what things are like in Autumn.

    • Thanks Lisa. I agree that travel is fraught. I feel the biggest risk is travelling to cities but in these summer holidays with so many people moving about the worry is a little heightened so I can understand choosing to stay put!

  3. Enjoyed experiencing your raven watching and aimless mountain walks but felt sad that your mum wouldn’t be reading about your serendipitous day too…

    • Thanks Carolyn … so glad that others of you stepped up with responding (as of course you have before)!

  4. Sue and Len, as always, thank you for including you in your adventures. Personally, I like a lazy day. I can lean into that with gusto! To me every time you think of your Mum she is with you. My mom and dad send me little signs all the time – mostly my dad sends me “the bird” they may ALL have feathers BUT I know what he is saying and it makes my mom grin. Lately, it has been the big hawk that frequents our yard but sometimes it is Cedar Wax Wings or a humming bird that comes right up to my face. This January we have had a gathering of bluebirds on our Suet Feeder and I am waiting for the Indigo Buntings as our winter progresses. The deer are always from my mom but she participates in the sending of birds. They love it when we are out in nature…. there is joy is the things they have taught us to cherish. I love you two. Give your Dad hugs for me. Stay safe and happy.

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