Albert, Mt: 1 April 2013

Morning gift

Morning gift

This was the second day of my Easter escape, and as I lay in the tent with the skies beginning to lighten, I thought I’d pop out for a quick walk on the beach while not many people were up. And what a special moment lay in store. As the sun painted the sky in blues, purples, pinks, reds and oranges, I caught four swans also enjoying the dawn in the little lagoon that lay between us and the beach. They must have known we were awakening, cos they didn’t stay long, only a moment to take a photo or two, and then they were off, heads stretched out in front of them, flying off into the horizon. Like something you see in movies, not every day.

Morning reflections

Morning reflections

That brought the first smile to my face that day, but certainly not the last. I headed back and packed up, but there’s nothing better than to spend the early hours of the morning walking on the beach, so that’s where we all were shortly later. Enjoying the stillness, the sand cleansed of yesterdays footprints, the reflections, and the early morning light… the promise of a new day and all the possibilities that await.

Footprints in the Sand

Footprints in the Sand

So we went for a wander, I watched as father and daughter had a race, and caught up with them at the rock pools. We explored these for a time, poking sea anemones with our fingers.. together, but also off in our own space at times, reflecting and enjoying.

Sea and Sand Patterns

Sea and Sand Patterns

The day was getting on, and we still had a mountain to climb, before I was left to my own devices as the others headed back to Hobart. So we left the beach, packed our gear, and drove to Mt Albert.

Sea anemone

Sea anemone

After heading up the Mathinna Plains Road, and turning right onto Mt Albert Road, follow the Abels direction and you’ll find a spot to park cars on the left of the road, shortly after the bend that turns you from heading east to heading south.

More reflecting

More reflecting

The track up is easy enough to follow, taped and cairned in places, and it’s hard to go wrong. There’s a few fallen trees, and one or two scrambly spots that make it a challenge enough for 8 yr old legs, but still manageable. Like most of the peaks I’ve done up this way, you start off in forest, but soon work your way up and onto the rock, with vegetation becoming shorter and less dense. When you do get on top, be sure to head to the left to find the true high point. It was rather windy for us, so we didn’t stay for long, choosing instead to snack back to the right where there’s a slightly more sheltered and very open space for a larger group on flat sections of rock.

Mt Albert GPS route

Mt Albert GPS route

We headed back, as the weather looked like it was coming in. The whole trip, breaks included, took the three of us 2.20 hrs.

While the others had to head back to Hobart, they escorted me to the start of the Victoria walk, which I planned to try to get in before the weather totally closed in. Wishful thinking!! Read on for the rest of the trip…

Lower section of the Mt Albert Track

Lower section of the Mt Albert Track

All up: 2.4km, 2.21 hrs, 312m ascent.

On the summit of Mt Albert

On the summit of Mt Albert

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