Having shelved our plans to climb Mt Taylor due to high winds, we settled on a much more challenging task - taking Izzy tramping for the first time. We had basically no idea how she would go off her lead on the track, let alone sleeping away from home for the first time since we got her. Full of optimism all three of us bundled into the car for the short trip up to Hanmer Springs to attempt camping near the top of Dumblane. Our little black Labrador X was itching to stretch her legs when we pulled up at the bottom of the Dillon and we immediately set out to sniff every single bush on the track... twice.
The track starts just past the Hanmer Hardware Store, through a ford and up the Dillon Road. We managed to drive through the next two fords before parking up and walking across the third. A wide 4WD track continues on for around one kilometre before the sign for the start of the track up to Dumblane appears on the right hand side. Although not as well maintained as the likes of the path up Mt Isobel, it is an easy walk up a gentle slope for a couple of hours. Izzy decided early on that she wanted to be as close to the heels of my boots as possible - no worries about her running away although I got her in the chin a few times. Our only real problem came with trying to get her across the narrow wooden bridges that cross a couple of the creeks.
The trip out the next morning was fast as we raced downhill to get away from some pretty strong winds up the top. The puppy was doing great until she ran full tilt into a bush full of prickles and came out with a serious limp. She got a lift for the last few kms (all 15kg of her) before deciding the injury wasn't so bad after all and ran out to the car.
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Rachael and Jeremy