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Old 28th August 2012, 21:30   #421
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We tried to form a train
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That's the team minus me
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Kiddies had a nice time there
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mjothi gets another click for the album
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It was nearly 13:10 hours and since there was a train reaching LoveDale by 13:33, we decided to move away from the tracks. Any time the train could come. We positioned ourselves at a comfortable place to watch the train pass by. We were really having an overdose of Ooty trains

Ooty train passing through Ketti


The next train will pass here in another 45 minutes, but we had enough of the trains for now.


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Who is taller? Starvegabond asks us
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Our steeds waiting for us
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Ketti Railway Station
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We left Ketti by 13:30 and returned back to Lovedale. We returned back to Lovedale. In 2009 the roads ahead of Lovedale were not in great shape. I wanted to do a loop back to Ooty through that roads. This year the roads were splendid and I decided to take the team through the scenic route back to Ooty after visiting Emerald and Avalanche lakes. This meant we are going in for around 50KM of drive including beautiful 34 hairpin bends

The route was LoveDale - Kundah - Avalanche -Emerald - Ooty

Somewhere on the route we stopped to buy some junk food for lunch! It was 14:00 hours then.
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We have reached Emerald. It was already 15:15 hours.
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Everybody was so happy about the scenic beauty of the route from Lovedale till Emerald.

I had all the kiddies in my Civvy and they were playing Crushing Crushing Ice creams in the car. The game was to crush the kiddie at the door when ever I take a hairpin curve. It was real fun in the car, and I can't figure out when I had laughed like that before in my life...

Thank you kiddies, you were amazing


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We stopped to enjoy the greens
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That's route through which we came to Emerald
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While entire Ooty was crowded with tourists, its these kind of places which still remains and puts a smile in your face, and gives you your required space and freedom


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The two beauties in my life
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Our steeds
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They had some nice quality discussions about many things in life
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We reached Emerald lake by 15:45 hours.
Water level has dropped dangerously low
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We rushed to the water's edge
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Kiddies enjoying the cool water
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We spend some time in the water and returned back


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In 2009 there were water right upto the bridge
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mjothi's daughter and his Aveo
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This tree trunk has been lying there all the way from 2006
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Water level is dangerously low
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Customary click
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A customary click on our favourite tree trunk - we have now the same picture from 2006, 2009 and 2012
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We then go to waters edge in Emerald Dam
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mjothi gets more pictures for his album
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Starvegabond too joins the fun

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We went to the bridge
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Water level is very low, in 2009 we could see water on both sides of the bridge
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View of Emerald lake from the bridge

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View of Emerald Dam from the bridge
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We walked back
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Our steeds waiting for us
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Copper Tree

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In my recent trip to Himalayas, I was served a pickle with this fern at Tiyari in Himachal Pradesh. It tasted nice.
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Looks nice

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Photo shoot of our steeds at Emerald Lake
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Aria at Emerald
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Civvy Photo shoot at Emerald Lake
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We tried to go to Avalanche Dam, roads were very bad for sedans
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We turned back to Ooty

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After a few Kilometers I figured mjothi had taken the route back to Kundah instead of Ooty. Called him and asked to take a U turn and we waited for him.

It was 18KM to Ooty and it was 17:30 hours

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The views from there was amazing too
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mjothi joined us back by 17:45 and we rolled on towards Ooty

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We stopped at Ithalar
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Views were amazing, but the lakes were missing
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Ooty was another 15KMs more

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We reached Ooty by 18:30 hours and moved on to our respective resorts to relax, with a promise to sync up the next day morning for further plans.

Starvegabond was booked at Sterling Fern Hill and mjothi at Twin tree Kotagiri. So bid them bye and reached Club Mahindra by 18:45 hours.

Weather was chill at 15 degrees
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Ordered some Chicken and Lamb steaks to the room for a change and to avoid the battle for food Steak was really good.
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Watched some TV and retired for the day.



What an amazing day. Thank you mjothi and Starvegabond for the nice drive
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