Did something extraordinary on my birthday: Explored the abandoned Walhalla Gold Mine + had fun fire-twirling!
Yes, as the title mentioned, I did something I didn't even expect myself to do!
What, go visit an abandoned Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine existing since the year 1865 (which I assume is now somewhat haunted), play with fire there and almost detoured to a cemetery? Geez. Sometimes I shock myself silly.
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So it all began with an impromptu picnic trip my mates and I decided to make on a sunny afternoon
With the days and nights always being less than 10°C everyday, it was such a rare occurrence that we *actually* had full-blown sunshine! So excited. But it was still cold as ever, despite the sun!
Ranga quickly suggested a picnic trip and we were all hey ho, let's go!
Clear blue skies ahead!
Geez it's so sunny!
And of all days, I forgot all about my sunglasses 🙁 Sigh!
Yes I'm trying hard not to squint. >____<
Konzy took the easy way out; he shut his eyes instead! 😀
En route to Wallhalla!
How much further?
Our hungry tummies decided we stop by Bert Christensen Reserve in La Trobe City to eat.
If I recall correctly, t'was already 4pm at the time.
Lush green blanket of grass!
But no, we're not sitting on it.
We had KFC to-go, mashed potatoes, popcorn chicken, fries and coke
Yeah yeah, I know it wasn't what you would expect of a conventional picnic.
With the checked tablecloth to lay on the grass, woven baskets containing peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, apples, a jar of lemonade and homemade muffins. Oh and a pet dog.
So it wasn't like this
Nor was it like this
AND MOST CERTAINLY NOT LIKE THIS
Although we ate the same KFC Bucket
So anyway! After eating, we continued our journey up to Walhalla's famous Gold Mine
We're driving along the top of the hill now!
At the end of this post, you'll see a night view taken from the exact same spot
Okay I changed my mind. What? I'm a woman; I'm entitled to change my mind.
I couldn't wait. I'll show it to you now LOL 😛 😛
I shot this while we were on our way home after everything was over!
Okay, pause right there. Back on rewind.
Where was I?
Oh, right. In the car on the way to Walhalla.
Roadtrip was kinda long, so we all spent our time chatting and camwhoring 😀
And we had arrived our destination! It was pretty damn quiet; just as I expected.
It's an abandoned Gold Mine after all, standing as one of the richest mines in the early 19th century.
Although quiet, it wasn't deserted.
Whee! I went up there to check out the view
In the background : Walhalla Star Hotel
Quite a peaceful little town
There was a creek right below the bridge too
I turned around and Konzy was taking piccies of the stream
And he took a piccie of me too!
We were all curious and began to explore Walhalla's grounds; reading about its history too.
Here's a tiny cottage bearing words from the Walhalla Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine management.
Read if you can. If not, don't bother squinting your eyes.
It's just some information on its tourism and slight bit of history.
Before we knew it, the sun had already set.
Spooky trees. Melikes.
When it was dark, we all congregated by our cars and began talking a whole load of crap.
Oddly enough, we fooled around suggesting that we do something daring.
Such as visiting a graveyard or climbing over zinc barricades into the Gold Mine.
Har har har. Funny? Just you wait.
Little did I know that they *actually* meant what they said
So off we went into the deep dark terrains of the abandoned mine.
I ain't no wuss or anything but seriously? Going to creepy places in the dead of the night? Geez!
Don't remind me.
They even scared themselves silly! There was this inanimate mannequin placed right at the opening of those iron bars. The moment you flash your torchlight, that mannequin will flash before your eyes.
Yikes. Nasty, I'm lucky I wasn't the one who saw it lest I shit myself!!!
Hahhahhaa. Naw. That's not an apparition. It's an actual person 😛
It's Alex coming outta the mine because as far as they went inside, there were metal bars there.
AWWWWW. TOO BAD.
But guess what we did instead????
Yup yup! Fire twirling 😀 😀 😀
I can proudly say I have did something beyond ordinary on my 22nd birthday.
Went to an abandoned Gold Mine, climbed into a restricted area and played pyromaniac for the night – fire twirling is fun (and dangerous!) I felt #likeaboss.
The fire-twirling was all thanks to Mossy!
He's the fire-twirler among us.
I love his deft skills when he juggled and spun the flaming staff around effortlessly. Heck, he even took a gulp of petrol and fire-breathed into the air! Now, that's what I call wicked.
Me? Oh. Well. I'm no expert, I swear.
Just trollin' around & having fun 😀 Teehee.
Don't agitate me… or I'll set your house on fire.
I be kidding!!
In the end, we finally climbed out from the forbidden zone and went back home.
And no, thankfully we did not end up going to the cemetary *wipes sweat* PHEWW!!!!!! 😛 😛
One of the most memorable birthday experiences, I daresay.
You only live once. So make sure you do the extreme 😉
Aight, I'm outta here!
Things that would have improved this blogpost:
a) telling everyone how fucking cold it was up in those hills, even with my jacket and hood on
b) Uploading a picture of us stuffing our faces with KFC, because we’re a rich country and can afford to
c) Uploading a picture of me fire-twirling and almost lighting myself on fire
d) Uploading a picture of me nearly shitting myself after seeing that dummy inside the closed-off mine and thinking it was a ghost.
Twas a fun outing; too bad we didnt get to actually go to any graveyards.
a) Chilly temperature expected!! It was in the middle of winter all of us were wearing jackets T__T brr
b) No pictures were taken of us all eating coz I was busy eating too.
c) Your photo will be posted on Facey & tagged.
d) Obviously, I did not take a picture of that -_- I wasn’t even there when u and Alex saw it, derp.
Thankfully we didnt go to the graveyard aaaaaaaah!!
waaa u so daring!!!!!!! ~.~
i must try firetwirling one day. available in malaysia?
hahahahaha 😀 😀
nah, I’m not daring! I almost shit myself. Haven’t fire-twirled before in my life LOL!
First time – was fun and exciting.
Yes of course it’s available in Malaysia, I’ve seen ppl do it. Ever been to Urbanscapes? There’s a team of fire-twirlers that fire-twirl all night and also perform for the public. Could get in touch with them if ur interested 😀
Cool le. Playing with fire on bday! I didn’t even do much on my 22nd =P
Then make sure u do something extreme on ur next birthday!!! 😀
Something u can remember for life!
u guys crazy! good thing no police to catch u from going inside. lookz scary le
ahahahaha our random, extreme ideas of “fun” LOL
nah, the cops aren’t around there anyway. yeah it was so spooky ughh!!! 🙁
you can drive pass the graveyard and do not stop the car 😛
and that was scary remind me of some story, because u went to abandon mine X)
NNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO I DONT WANNA PASS THE GRAVEYARD OSO!! T___T
remind u of what story!! 😀 😀 tell me!
harlo aunty, you can come my place and fire twirl la, I’ve got two sets of fire fans to play with, actually thinking of ordering the double hoops hahaha ^.^
ehhhh aunty also got fire twirling equipment ah? 😛
okiedokie cool. I’ll order the firestaff then i’ll try out ur fire fans oso. double hoops are great! Try the chains wan 😛 damn ganas!!! so now we got firedate and industrialdate. HAHAHAHAHA
lol got la aunty since two years ago, damn long already. i wanted staff but it’s too manly. i started with chain poi, then moved to fans cause so many ppl plays poi here in msia. sucky part is that, no one will teach you cause no one (maybe there are but never seen any) plays fans here -_-“
haha damn syok wei.
yeah true the staff mainly males use it. neh, the urbanscapes ppl? The fire-twirling team. they seem damn experienced! i see all kinds of equipment oso they use
last time i checked no fans mostly poi, snake poi, staff etc cause can d.i.y…fire fans cannot diy wei hahahah tahun depan also won’t habis. mine’s like this!
wow .. aunty must have years of experience playing wif fire!
Great to see u performin one day.
hahahahh I don’t perform and not THAT good to be honest. Pretty rusty already, been a year since I touched one.
nevermind. we can resurface those skills! I very gatal to fire-twirl again ahahhaha
awesome weh! you had so much fun, dangerous.. yet fun!! 🙂
hahhaha thanks yo! 😀 Yeaaa so dangerous and scary, but still something I can remember for life! 😀 hehe
It looks so awesome but I won’t dare to do it! Driving to the graveyard I mean. I would love to try twilling fire too and end up with burnt everything! @_@
Neither will I dare to do it! Thankfully, the plans to go to the graveyard was cancelled. I dont remember why, maybe it’s because we couldnt find where’s the closest graveyard LOLOL.
Also, u should give fire-twirling a try! I was damn scared and thought I would burn everything too 😀
Malaysia’s KFC or Australia’s KFC taste better?
To be very, VERY, VERY honest?
Malaysia’s KFC!!! The portion is also bigger 😀 Nando’s also.
now THAT’s an epic Fiery Red Head! abandoned gold mines’ and fiery twirls of d00m, whats next? shady appearance of a cookie monster in the gold mines’? haha, amazing bday Jess, wonderful road trip, and a fantastic experience unlike any other. when’s my turn?
keep up the great updates J. woot.