Things have been so hectic around here lately that there has not been much opportunity for escape as a family.
When there’s snow about we go to Mt Donna Buang just for a day trip but as there was no snow there and rain was on the cards we decided to go a little further and head to Lake Mountain, where last year the snow was plentiful.
Only it’s a bit of a drive.
It started raining.
We drove through Healesville, and the black spur, marvelling at the regeneration of the forests so soon after the horrific bushfires of last summer and feeling a bit tense as we drew closer to Marysville.
Marysville was shocking, and I was totally unprepared for the flood of emotion at the sight of fences without houses, letterboxes without homes, glass in shops heat-damaged and cracked – the sign inside ‘for lease’ all the more poignant.
A fence with photos of the lost pinned to it.
Lost. here. So awful.
We have fond memories of Marysville. It’s a beautiful town, the locals are friendly and there was a magnificent fudge shop where they made it themselves and the drive was worth it for that alone. I’m pretty sure it’s gone, we couldn’t see it. I wonder if those people were among the lost. It’s not the kind of question you ask.
This is a town that needs help and healing.
We drove through and started the climb up the mountain. As the rain continued, the fog rolled in. It was about 2pm.
And one of the scariest drives I have ever had in my life. Fog so thick visibility was about 1 metre and no opportunity to turn around and go back.
So beautiful to look at. Impossible to enjoy.
We got to the top. No snow. Lots of rain (we need the rain). Huddled in the wet-dog smelling public shelter we questioned charging an entry fee on a day like this – though to their credit they showed us a photo of what there was in the way of snow and suggested it might be wise to turn around. And I guess there are funds needed there too.
It was wet and freezing. We headed back.
To home and hearth and happy.
Still thinking of Marysville.
and the lost, and how lucky we are to be here.