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Old 28th August 2012, 06:57   #391
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Day 02
18th August 2012

We found a bird house
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Jr. PPG wants to check it out

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PPGs climbing up to the bird house
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Souvenir Clicked
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Jr. PPG Jumping down
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Sr. PPG strikes a pose
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More flowers

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We reached the Fun zone, but we moved on to adventure zone
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Old 28th August 2012, 07:05   #392
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18th August 2012

Civvy relaxing happily.
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We checked out the fire place!

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Jr. PPG clicking

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Girl Power
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I was clicked too

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Jr. PPG wants to do some activities
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A Panoramic view

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Can you spot the train?

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Old 28th August 2012, 07:13   #393
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18th August 2012

We decided to do some adventure activities.

Jr. PPG ready for rope Ladder climbing

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Jr. PPG is thrilled

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The series of events
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Jr. PPG successfully completes the activity
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V for victory

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She is a member of junior scouts - cubs and bulbuls. So these activities are just fun for her anyways.




A video of the same



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Sr. PPG decides to try out Bridge walking
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The series of events

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What a relief

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Wifey video graphing the activity
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Old 28th August 2012, 07:27   #395
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We check out the views
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Jr. PPG wants to do Bridge walking too
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Some clicks
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Successfully completed
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A video of the same




Wifey decided to do a rope walking
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NO way!, You cannot make me do any of those, I am a lazy bum you know



It was almost 14:30 hours by then. Our tummies were all craving for some food.


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18th August 2012

We ordered Kozhi Udakka (a local chicken dish) and our favourite palak paneer
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After lunch we reached our room by 15:30 hours.

We found a swan
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Also a Pepino fruit
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We relaxed for a while.

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18th August 2012

By 16:30 hours we felt like we must drive somewhere. So we decided to go in search of the chocolate factory to get some chocolates.

It was misty
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Jr. PPG very happy to go for chocolates
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That's the way to our room

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It's been three years since we came to Ooty. I have completely forgotten where the chocolate factory was, all I remembered was that it was on a hairpin curve. So we decided to check all hairpin curves near Ooty

Boys Company
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A landslide prone area
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Views from there
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Some more views of the valley
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Civvy enjoying the misty drive
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By now we have done 40 KMs and no signs of Chocolate factory .

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We reached Love Dale
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Got some nice family pictures here
, weather was really chill
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Saw a few people waiting for the train
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Ah! there comes the train
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Train at Lovedale




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It's been three years since we came to Ooty. I have completely forgotten where the chocolate factory was, all I remembered was that it was on a hairpin curve. So we decided to check all hairpin curves near Ooty
Sorry, I could not resist.

Searching for hairpin bend in Ooty is like
திருப்பதிலே போய், மொட்டை தேடின மாதிரி...


We all know why did you decided to search all such bends - its for the drive. Right? I am sure you took the opposite side of the hill, so that no one even has a glimpse of the chocolate factory, and you can happily be civviing around.
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18th August 2012

We were very happy to have seen the train, and the chocolate factory searching episode was forgotten. I think I must read my own logs before I travel .


Any ways, the train was a nice touch to a beautiful day.

The train timings at Lovedale for you to plan
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The ticket costs if you plan to travel too

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There are two retiring rooms at Lovedale

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Costs of the retiring rooms

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It was already 18:30 hours by now and we returned back to our resort.

After reaching the resort I saw a SMS from Satrvegabond that he has started to Mysore. I was not sure about his trip to Ooty as he had his parents with him and Ooty was a long drive for them.

I called mjothi and updated about the same, deciding that we will sync up the next day if Starvegabond comes in.

Went to restaurant and fought the battle of food and conquered a table. By now we were experts in war

By 22:00 hours we hit the bed, and thus a beautiful day ended.
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Sorry, I could not resist.

Searching for hairpin bend in Ooty is like
திருப்பதிலே போய், மொட்டை தேடின மாதிரி...


We all know why did you decided to search all such bends - its for the drive. Right? I am sure you took the opposite side of the hill, so that no one even has a glimpse of the chocolate factory, and you can happily be civviing around.

Sir don't reveal our trade secrets...

Translation please sir
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It's nice to see that you've taken photos of Breeks Memorial on your previous visit... I studied there
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Sir don't reveal our trade secrets...

Translation please sir
Translation(literal): "Its as good as going to Thirupathi in search of bald head " - Meaning - you are searching for a particular, lets say, white coloured civic in the dealers yard, which is full of white coloured civics and everything is without number plates. (don't go into VIN numbers now )

I hate the current ooty train with WDP loco. It was a sight to see the old steam loco. Although, personally the WDP is my favourite among all locos, but I dont like it in this route.

Now, for the question hour:

1. How did you post the pic in frames?

2. Did you really drive out to find a chocolate factory? I suspect MJothi was correct!

3. Were the adventure activities, spa all included in your club membership or you pay seperate?

4. What is the story behind the swan and fruit in your room? freebies from Resort?

Ahh, the adventure activities. I love the ladder climb and rope walking. Was trained during my NCC days and the first time I had a pretty bad fall, not from the rope but while doing slithering (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast-roping) had cut the skin between thumb and palms badly and on both the hands. But, once I learned the trick to do it the correct way, it was real fun.

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We have been planning a trip back too Ooty (its been 17 years since I was there last) and I have read most of the posts on the routes and everything else. We will most probably make the trip in the first week of Oct. Since this will be the first I will be driving to Ooty I am a little apprehensive considering that it will be the entire family packed into the SX4.

Your pictures of Lovedale brought back so many memories. I studied at Lawrence Lovedale for 4 years before returning to Bangalore.

Enjoy reading about your trips so keep them coming .

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