Your correspondent in the field drove a long way for some bushwalking as a day trip. @Carola came along for the ride. The weather was perfect and the park was looking beautiful. The drive out there took way too long due to Melbourne's increasingly insufferable traffic gridlock and a detour near Pakenham off the unexpectedly closed Princes' Freeway. I started to relax once we approached Erica. The walk from the Mt. Erica car park to the Talbot Hut ruins was easy and pleasant. The water in the stream near the Talbot Hut ruins was flowing well. It was very enjoyable to eat lunch there. I would like to walk or XC ski the whole Baw Baw N.P . plateau section of the AAWT one day.