In January on a random trip to the beach, he asked me if I wanted to go away for a long weekend. Quickly my mind raced to Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, or perhaps Cairns....
|In only 10 seconds this is where my mind went when he said "weekend away"|
Bill's mind was quite set on going to Woodend. What? Where on earth is Woodend?
Turns out, it's only an hour and a half from home and that Bill was dying to see Hanging Rock in the nearby Macedon Ranges, having gone there as a little kid.
So in January, I repeat JANUARY, Bill said he would plan everything.
Fast forward to this Saturday morning and we were all packed and ready to go. For weeks I had been wondering about what kind of amazing events and accommodation he had planned, but didn't dare ask and ruin the suprise.
This might I add was killing me, because I have to know everything. Lol
We arrive in Woodend, pull up at an interesting looking brewery that the sign said also had accommodation, and I thought I had it all figured out.
Until Bill turns to me and says, 'Should I have booked accommodation? It's looking pretty crowded around here.'
The following hours consisted of us driving around to all accommodation places in Woodend, and finding out there mere a multitude of weddings on in the area and something called the Harvest Picnic on at the Hanging Rock tomorrow.
We moved on to neighbouring Kyneton, where we finally found a room at a pretty dodgy motel.
It's funny- in a past life that would have really bothered me, but I have learnt when you love someone you can just laugh and even enjoy the adventure of last minute scrambling for a bed.
And so on a beautiful sunny Sunday, we found ourselves at the Hanging Rock.
I have never seen the film, but have read the book (albeit a million years ago).
Over the years I had heard how haunting and that the silence is eerie...well not so much, because the weekend we picked to go it was hosting The Age Harvest Picnic.
Becayse we arrived quite early, (far too early for lunch, anyway) we decided to hit The Rock first.
|No, not that Rock|
There are a few different walks you can do- one that goes around the base, another shorter scenic walk and of course, The Summit.
It was a very hot day. I'm not going to lie- I was hoping he was going to want to do the base or scenic walk, but of course I know him well enough to know we were always going to be doing The Summit.
The thing is about The Summit walk is that is almost entirely uphill. Funny that.
There were a few moments I cursed my fitness levels, and also my shoe choice. (New Witchery plain ballet flats proved to not have much in the way of grip on the bottom, which ensured some hilarious rock-slipping moments on our descent.)
|Entertaining signage did lighten the mood when the ascent was particular sweat-inducing|
We indeed picked the perfect day- during our climb we could hear the band playing on the ground below, and when we were finished up we perused the gourmet food markets, had some lunch and enjoyed a well-earnt beer.
Have you been to Hanging Rock? We recommend it!
(My muscles are a little bit stiff today, but it was so worth it!)