Getting to Dinner Plain for the Altitude 5k’s 25th Dinner Plain Sleddog Challenge has been a big priority this year - working hard to save the money for a whole week at the snow has been hard, but oh, so worth it!
We drove up on Friday, admiring the beautiful scenery between Bairnsdale and Omeo, along the gorgeous Great Alpine Road.
Once upon a time, we left Melbourne directly from my work at 3ish and drove straight up, just making it up for the Drivers’ Meeting at 7.30pm - alas, these days we leave home at 9am and are lucky to make the mountain by 5pm. But everyone was cheerful and/or snoozing, so it doesn’t really matter. Especially when we got our first peeks at the snow!
The village looked amazing when we arrived - the week prior had been stormy and the result was beautiful!
Next morning it was windy and foggy, snowing lightly at first and getting progressively heavier across the morning. J and I took the Wee Monster (on foot) and the Lil Bunyip (in backpack) out to see the teams before the 9am start.
Being 3 and a half, Wee Monster’s attention was drawn to the playground. I left he and J and some other kids to it, and tramped out the trail to the S bends. The S bends is a series of tight turns in one of the steep sections of the track. It’s both accessible via the bottom of the ski lift and an exciting section, where teams are travelling fast and may crash. Down there I found a photographer friend and proceeded to do a FB live video of the 2 and 3 dog class (see our Facebook page for the video).
By the end of the class, I was running low on phone battery and J was reporting that our Wee Monster was getting bored, so I headed back to meet them at the cottage where we were staying. There we swapped kids, J was happy to stay inside with the Bunyip and Wee Monster and I headed back out with a battery pack.
The snow was getting heavier and colder - Wee Monster had a great time but the battery pack wasn’t. My video of the touring class (we’d missed the 4&6’s) ended abruptly before the first competitors made it to our location. We had fun anyway, but were very cold and headed in for lunch.