Saturday, December 11, 2010

Night 141- 3 Mile Dam, Snowy Mountains

Another early start to the day as we knew we had a long drive ahead of us and we had to get out of this 'trailer-park' in Melbourne because of the diverse range of inhabitants....wink wink!!

Our plan was to drive to Jindabyne in the one go.........well, that was the plan.

First we hit peak hour, then just out of Melbourne was a locust plague (which didn`t slow us down just entertained us) and then (forget being a farmer!) we saw the flooding first hand. Every river, creek, slight trickle were absolutely flowing and watching the different fields of crops partly under water was pretty sad.

Everything was going to plan and on schedule until we decided to go a short cut, up and over the Snowy Mountains to Jindy via Tumbarumba and Mt Selwyn. The other way was through Tumut and Khancoban which we worked out was longer and would have got us to Kerry`s (Lisa`s cousin) later. Well, it may have been shorter but it was steep!! The poor old Jackaroo struggled up the mountain and we had to stop quite a few times to let the autotrans cool down.

It was getting towards 8pm and we weren`t even to the top of the mountain so we decided to stay at a camping spot right on top of the snowies at a place called "3Mile Dam". It was a great spot right next to the highest town in Oz "Cabramurra" (spelt wrong for sure!). The lake was really picturesque with heaps of Kanga`s and birds.

There was only 1 other tent there but it was bloody cold. Will have to rug up for the night.