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Snowy River National Park

Finally, we made it to Adaminaby, and the home of the Big Trout!

The Big Trout - Adaminaby

The Big Trout – Adaminaby

We headed down to Old Adaminaby for a view of Lake Eucumbene and snow still on the peaks.

Pedro and trailer on the shores of Lake Eucumbene

Pedro and trailer on the shores of Lake Eucumbene

Passed through Jindayne and headed down Barry’s Way towards the Victorian border.  This unsealed road travels through some mountainous terrain with numerous tight switchbacks and steep hills.  I’m glad we were travelling through here now as the previous day when it was snowing!

Check out my little mate who fixed a few problems on the trailer...

Check out my little mate who fixed a few problems on the trailer…

Wow - Snowy River near the Victorian/NSW Border

Wow – Snowy River near the Victorian/NSW Border

Finally it joins up with the Snowy River.  We passed through a number of beautiful looking campgrounds, and decided to stay at Willis, on the Victorian side of the border.  Spectacular, and again we had it all to ourselves. It’s pretty remote here, with the closest towns being Jindabyne 75km to the north, and Orbost way to the south.

Snowy River - Willis Campground

Snowy River – Willis Campground

Willis Campground - Snowy River

Willis Campground – Snowy River

Willis Campground

Willis Campground

Camping at Willis on the Victorian side

Camping at Willis on the Victorian side

Four nights of relaxation with basically no one around us.  It was warm during the day, but cold at night.  We went to sleep listening to freight-trains of wind rushing up the valley which quickly passed us.  Dinner was cooked on the camp fire.

Days were spent relaxing, with Lindy working with Kai on his school work which really started to come along here.  I practiced guitar, and was a bit rusty after a month away.  The boys played with their Lego and Hero Factory… and we spent alot of time swimming in the cool waters of the Snowy River which we were camped along.  The kids decided to attack me with their water guns… ever the strategist, Kai quickly figured out that his his water gun could not reach as far as mine as he was down wind. So he tried to outflank me, then he tried sneaking up while submerged, except his body.  Shae on the otherhand could be heard above the kookaburras, crows, wind and river screaming “Charge!!!!” as he tried the full frontal attack.  He very much reminded me of that night in Monty Python’s Holy Grail movie… after being hammered, he was still charging, saying “I’m still alive, I’m still alive”.  Kai again decided to use Shae as his human shield.  One could see Kai sitting at the back at Gallipoli sipping tea with the British generals while Shae is charging the turks on the front line.  Hmmmm….

Watch out - runaway tyre!

Watch out – runaway tyre!

Swimming - Snowy River

Swimming – Snowy River

Two Men in a Tub

Two Men in a Tub

There's that mermaid again!

There’s that mermaid again!

Snowy River

Snowy River

Tough stuff - rest time

Tough stuff – rest time

Friendly fellow on road down to Suggan Buggan

Friendly fellow on road down to Suggan Buggan

Each morning we awoke to the sounds of the birds.    I also managed a couple of short runs, starting to work off that beer/wine fat from the last month of “holiday”.

It was really nice to get back on the road camping.  Everyone seemed to settle down and relax back into it.  Alas, we had to leave this little piece of paradise, and continue on the windy road down to Suggan Buggan where we enjoyed looking through a little piece of history – the old school house.  The kids were amazed at how small it was, with its small table for 8 kids, fire place and small room for the teacher to live in.

Old Suggan Buggan School

Old Suggan Buggan School

Classes were composite with a small number of children

Classes were composite with a small number of children

Suggan Buggan School

Suggan Buggan School

We trapped some dinner for the next night on the road, but had to chase them for a few kilometres before we got them…

Outa the way!!!  Or is that dinner?

Outa the way!!! Or is that dinner?

Again, the views along the road were amazing…

Amazing views as we again put Pedro through his paces climbing steep mountains

Amazing views as we again put Pedro through his paces climbing steep mountains