It was a chilly, wet, and grey day in August when Marcus and I decided to drive about an hour east of Melbourne to the Dandenong Ranges. This sort of weather usually would have permitted a Netflix in bed type of situation, but we decided not to let the weather dictate our adventure plans- And we were so glad we didn’t. The Dandenong Ranges was, in one word, breathtaking. Honestly, I have never seen such large trees and so much untouched land. As we drove up higher and deeper into the mountains, the sense of peace and appreciation for the life around us grew. There were a few houses and homes tucked away within the confines of the woods and I couldn’t help but imagine how peaceful it must be to live in the thick of so much natural beauty. Perhaps someday when I’m older and my life is in its final leg, I’ll move into the mountain ranges. I can’t imagine a better place to find peace.
We ended up wandering through the Dandenong Ranges twice in two days. The first day we made the trip, we hiked through a trail in search of waterfalls listed on the map. We never found it, but we didn’t mind. The walk in itself was enough. We did eventually stumble across a creek, though. Marcus being Marcus decided it would be a fun idea to hop along the stones and rocks peeking through the water. Of course, though, he fell in and brought me down with him. For some reason, it wasn’t enough for him to fall alone. It was already cold and rainy, so we headed back to the car with soaked shoes, cold bodies, but happy hearts. The next day, we drove back and found a lookout area right near the top of the ranges. Entry was $5 per vehicle, and well worth it. The high altitudes caused me a minor headache, but the views well surpassed that minor fluke. Heck, I’d suffer a full blown migraine for these sights. All in all, the Dandenong Ranges was an incredible adventure. Some day, when the weather is warmer, I’ll go back and explore some more. Until then, I’ll look back on photos and reminisce the peaceful times Marcus and I were able to have up in the mountains. I hope you enjoy the photos.