As you’ve probably noticed one of these images is not like the others. Our second ever annual snow trip to Mount Selwyn was somewhat tainted by my breaking bones falling off a big cold rock into a ravine, I may have been trying to take a picture while precariously perched and it would have been awesome, had I had time to press the shutter. Still a good time was had by most, and we’ll probably be back there in 2017, but this time I’ll be wearing snow cleats.
We decided the kids (well actually it was more like that us parents) needed some exercise this weekend, and figured a six kilometre hike was the best way to do it, as you do. So we made the trek to the Yankee Hat Rock Shelter in the Namadgi National Park just south of Canberra. Yankee Hat is one of the only currently known Aboriginal sites in the Australian Capital Territory(ACT), those that are known can be found in the Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. This trail takes you across the Gudgenby Valley to the base of Yankee Hat Mountain, where you will find a tiny mural of sorts under a rock shelf. The drawings could possibly be over 3000 years old. They are the first prehistoric drawings identified in the ACT.
It’s a very easy trail, a good one to start with if you don’t want to scare people off going for a hike. We got there early and there was a light dusting of snow, which just made the whole place look wonderful. The kangaroos didn’t look as impressed as we were, but I suppose we were not sitting in a frozen swamp. Now I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking…
Images all copyright to: C Jubb 2015
My column from this weeks paper…
YOU know it’s cold in Goulburn when the car still has frost on the windscreen at 9am. Travellers from the north arrive wearing shorts and thongs and hop happily out of their cars to see the Big Merino. But before they can prepare to take a selfie in front of our concrete wonder, they realise it is startlingly crisp out there, and make a hasty retreat to their warm car, where you will see them pulling ski gear out of the boot and trying to wear everything they packed all at once, because clearly they must be mere kilometres away from snow here it’s just that cold!
I love it. You feel like cooking warm hearty meals and you finally get some sleep when it’s cold, because you won’t be too hot under all the blankets.
I know many people loath the cold, and I can understand why, but when you think about it there are some really good reasons to like winter. I will give you a few examples…. Read the rest here.
I’VE been travelling around New Zealand these past two weeks with my daughters, making the trek from one end to the other. It’s their first overseas trip, and first time to New Zealand for us all. There was a few reasons for going there; first there was the desire to check an item off the old bucket list, as you tend to want to do after you hit the big four-o. Sharing a big adventure with my girls, was a memory I really wanted them to have. Then there was the geek factor, we decided to find The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit filming locations. About two days into our journey, I realised that about 80 per cent of New Zealand’s roads resembled goat tracks. And every second vehicle I came across was a camper van that was almost always being driven on the wrong side of the road, by lost German tourists also embarking on their own once in a life time adventure.
After a serious discussion with the navman about avoiding the roads less travelled, because I’m fairly sure there are rules about taking the rental car on dirt roads, we settled in for what turned out to be the most spectacular road trip I’ve had to date. Albeit a somewhat hair raising one, given the mammoth landslides we encountered on the South Island. Armco safety railings are apparently for wusses in New Zealand. First big stop was at the Shire, and we got a taste of just how big The Lord of the Rings movies are in New Zealand. Every tour guide we met at different places had been in the movies in some way. They even have a Minister for The Lord of the Rings, if director Peter Jackson needs something he has a direct line to call, as one would expect if they are singlehandedly responsible for saving a nations economy… Read the whole story here.
The above is an excerpt from my column that you can find at the Goulburn Post.