Day 240 of retirement

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Hi All

Monday 5th February:

Left Sydney for Tumut in the snowy mountains (430km & 6 hours). Had a slow run due to 3 lots of major road works. Arrived mid afternoon to our magnificent cabin right on the riverfront (20 steps away).

We have only booked for 2 nights but after getting a heap of tourist info from the info centre we might have to extend it to another night.

Tuesday 6th February:

Today it was off to the Yarrangobilly Caves in the Kosciuszko National Park (210km round trip). There are six caves in the complex with one of them being self-guided and the others you need a guide.

We did the Jillabenan Cave with a guide and as it turned out there were only four us on the tour so a very personalized tour. We then did the South Glory Cave on our own (self guided tour). Very interesting as each cave is slightly different.

Finished off the day with a hike into the thermal springs (down a big hill) only to discover the springs were not so thermal. Cool springs would be more appropriate. But we did go for a swim in the lovely pool.

Wednesday 7th February:

Road trip today where we visited local attractions in Adelong, Batlow and Tumbarumba (220km round trip).

Some of the attractions we visited were the Adelong Falls gold mill ruins, the Sugar Pine Forest Walk and Paddys River Falls.

Had a very lovely country lunch in Batlow and as this is a huge apple growing area we finished up the lunch with apple pie and whipped cream.

Thursday 8th February:

Left Tumut for Jindabyne (260km & 5 hours with some stops) on the Snowy Mountains Highway. This is a beautiful drive and I would have loved to have the old Ducati today for the ride.

On the way, we visited the Blowering Reservoir, 3-mile dam and the big trout in Adaminaby.

Arrived mid afternoon and hit the information centre for local info and attractions. Lots more to see in the next few days.

Friday 9th February:

Road trip today to Thredbo, Crackenback, Perisher, Smiggin Holes and Charlotte Pass (150km round trip).

At Thredbo we checked out the car park and chairlift as tomorrow we hope to catch the lift to within 6.5km of Mount Kosciuszko (highest point in Australia) and hike in the rest of the way. It will be a 13km round trip so a big day (for us mere mortals).

Awesome drive through the mountains. Short hike into the lookout at Charlotte Pass as it was drizzling a bit.

Lunch at the Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery. Awesome food but didn’t try the schnapps.

Saturday 10th February:

Summit day as we head for Mount Kosciuszko (2,228m (7,310feet)) the highest point in Australia.

It was an alpine start (ha ha ha) to the day (up at 6:30am) as we had breakfast and headed to Thredbo Village (37km drive from Jindabyne). Arrived to catch the 9:00am chair lift up to the Eagles Nest on top of the ski slopes. From there we hiked 6.5km to the summit then 6.5km back (13km round trip) through the beautiful alpine meadows.

We both made it in good spirits and a little body weary. The hike down was a breeze as we descended from the mountains.

The top of the chair lift is 1,927m (6,322 feet) and Mount Kosciuszko is 2,228m (7,310feet) so it was a 301m (988feet) vertical climb. Guy and I are not as nimble as we used to be so are feeling it tonight.

But it was an awesome hike/climb and if you’re ever in the area definitely worth a visit.

Sunday 11th February:

Rest day after our big climb yesterday. Went back to the Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery for lunch. Such an awesome place with some of the best food we have eaten so far.

Did a bit of a random drive round the district sightseeing. Off to Mount Beauty tomorrow.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

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