It has been a little quiet here on the blog because, well life has been pretty quiet for our family in terms of travel and adventure. My back injury and workers compensation claim has been a time consuming adventure all of its own. There hasn’t been a great deal to report apart when I have spent the large part of my time either in our home or at appointments.
Yet last weekend we decided to take a gentle stroll in the woods. It was a stunning winter’s day in Melbourne. Crisp, bright blue skies and a chilly wind. Muddy underfoot but sunny on our backs. I was itching to just get out of the house.
I wanted to be in the fresh air and sunshine. I wanted to Carpe Diem the brief improvement in pain and grab back part of the old me.
We needed to find a location that didn’t involve sitting in the car too long, would allow us to feel immersed and recharged by nature and was going to involve a short stint of walking on flat ground. The East Warburton Redwood Forest was the perfect destination.
The East Warburton Redwood Forest
Just through Warburton, in the Yarra Ranges National Park lies a beautiful patch of forest called Cement Creek Plantation. Filled with Californian Redwood trees first planted in 1930, this is a forest stroll perfect for people who like things just.so.
The entrance to the forest area was crowded with cars which made hubby and I cringe, however despite the large line of parked vehicles the forest felt deceptively empty.
Access is via a very tight gate (breath in) and not suitable for anyone with a walking frame or wheelchair bound.
Since it had rained overnight we took our trusty trekking poles to minimise any slip and slide moments. Rafferty was floored to see how large and straight the trees were.
Once we stepped into the forest it was like entering another world. Light streamed through the high treetops and the pine needle covered floor softened footsteps. People’s voices were quickly absorbed and the atmosphere was like that of an ancient church.
We kept the sculptures a surprise for the children until we arrived.
Woven Wood Work
Like a scene from the movie Where the Wild Things Are, the forest is filled with sculptures by local artist David Digapony. He forms circular sculptures which rise and fall, over time sliding to the forest floor. You can be interactive with the sculptures and the kids loved that you could add to them. There were some absolute masterpiece nest like sculptures the kids enjoyed exploring.
After we walked through the plantation and the kids attempted to hug the giant trees we walked down to the Cement Creek. The water was flowing at a pace which surprised the kids. The walk was flat and very easy to navigate.
We were glad we rugged up as it was quite chilly amongst the trees and Raya commented that she would love to come back in summer and lie in the cool forest and read a book. I like the way she thinks.
Back on flat ground the kids outnumbered their dad for some fierce stick duelling. I assumed the safest position as judge. Hubby got his knuckles caned as Raffy was NOT mucking around.
After our version of Japanese forest bathing, we returned to the lovely township of Warburton for a warm lunch and afternoon tea. For the kids it can never be too cold for ice-cream. It was a fabulous little town with some great cafes and quirky shops.
After feeding the ducks it was time to head home. Sometimes a short stroll is good for the soul.