When I was a kid, we spent most Easters up at Hotham exploring gold mines and catching trout. With the adults either building or putting on the final coats on the club lodge for winter, we were pretty much left to our own devices. The mountains were our playground. It was probably the time when I fell in love with the alpine, and certainly with freedom in general.
These days the kids seem to have it all too easy: Easter egg hunts where a single child can muster his or her own weight in chocolate, or at least enough to keep bouncing from the walls all year (including those 6000 dropped by chopper), horse riding, fishing, polo matches, bikes, shopping, tennis, and socialising in 4-star restaurants with hot chocolates and baby cappuccinos.
Whilst the fire damage is impressive, the extent was far worse in 2003, and it is only the road and signage which has been damaged this time around - we had a very tasty lunch at Sam Miranda winery on the drive up whilst they did more clearing after 85mm of rain the previous night.
Dinner Plain is certainly progressing as a summer and autumn destination, and it was great to see so many healthy looking people out exercising in the alpine air.
Anyway, we had a great time with the Geebung Polo match on Easter Sunday a highlight. It was great to meet and befriend some of the locals. And hopefully the kids got enough out of it to want to return.