No Place Like Home Dec 2009
By Clay Baird
Over the last 10 years I have been riding horses in California, partying in Spain, dancing in South America, stranded by a hurricane in Mexico, climbing ancient temples in Peru and most recently riding a bicycle across Cuba. People tell me how fortunate I am to lead such an adventurous life abroad, during my travels people are amazed by what I do at home in Australia! “What an amazing life you have, to ride horses in the Australian mountains!”. People I have met in my travels are always curious about my life back home, my back yard! The beauty of the Alpine National Park, the stories of the brumbies cantering across the High Plains, the extraordinary kangaroo, and the fact that we eat them! People I speak to around the world relish the descriptions I give of Bogong Horseback and the adventures we offer.
On my return journey from Cuba this year, the air in Melbourne had a sweetness about it. As I progressed closer to the Kiewa Valley the smell grew stronger, it was the smell of good rain and green grass, with the sun setting on the Bogong High Plains, it brought a tear to my eye. I thought of all the people I have met on my journeys who may never see this incredible place. My sadness was overcome by knowing that I will spend the rest of this summer and many summers to come in these very mountains, with wonderful people sharing all that the Bogong High Plains has to offer.
So to all the Bogong dreamers out there, I look forward to taking you on an adventure through my favorite place on earth.