Tuesday, 25 September 2012
25.09.2012 - 25.09.2012
Very, very cold morning to wake up to. For the first time in months I missed my meeting with the sunrise. I got up a bit later and tried to capture some early morning shots but there are not a lot of photo opportunities close to the caravan park. Breakfast out of the way and at 0900 Jen's brother called around to take us for a drive in the country.
Drove down to join the Hume Freeway at Coolac and travelled South to Gundagai where we visited a historical photo exhibition upstairs in the local hardware store. The photos were all taken by a local doctor between 1890 and 1903. The images are all beautifully printed and displayed with captions. Some have been enlarged and show great clarity from negatives taken over 100 years ago.
We left Gundagai and travelled further down the freeway turning off to head for Adalong, a beautiful village in the foothills of the Showy Mountains. Along the way we stopped to admire the remains of a gold-mining operation that closed down in 1940. The local community has recently removed the weeds and brambles which had hidden the site from view.
From Adalong we drove to Tumut where we had a very nice pub-lunch in one of the many hotels in the town. Back to Gundagai along the Wee Jasper road which winds its way through many spectacular valleys. From Gundagai back to the caravan park in Cootamundra where we chatted over a cup of coffee. By about 1530 we'd said our goodbyes and they returned home.
The sun is out and the bitter wind has dropped and we're preparing the rig for the tow to Canberra in the morning. The Cootamundra visit has been fantastic and we may need to come back another time - perhaps a little later in the year to avoid the cold.