car club's Christmas in July drive up to the Great Lake in the highland lakes district of Tasmania. We took the nice winding road out from New Norfolk to Bothwell then up the Highland Lakes Road to Miena. As we climbed the plateau, clumps of snow clung in the shadows at the side of the road, and many of the fishing shacks still had snow on the roof. The landscapes are stark and stunning. We have driven through there once before, on the way back from our Overland Track walk last December, but this was the first time we've stopped. We took a walk down to the lake and spent the evening enjoying a traditional Christmas turkey dinner in front of the fire at the Great Lake Hotel. It was -2 degrees and pretty icy when we left this morning to drive home and it was more than half an hour before we saw another vehicle on the road. The pub we stayed at is on the Tasmanian Trail route and I started dreaming again about walking that one day. I think it is time to book a date in the diary and plan to do it. I'm starting to feel a bit desperate for adventure.
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