Jeff & Karen Leaving Mt Dare!

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 12:05
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Hi all,

Well, we've just clocked over five years at Mt Dare, we've had an interesting, sometimes challenging, with a few quite terrifying times here.

We started in drought in march 2009, survived the floods of 2011 & 2012, managed to lose two cars to the floods, survived the plague of mice, rats & bugs that occur after the floods & are now moving back into Drought.

But as happens with all things it's time to move on, Karen & I have been offered a challenge to manage a Caravan Park in Tennant Creek, it's pretty run down & will need a lot of TLC to get it back up to where it should be.

That, with the move back to the Territory & all of the associated challenges that will provide will keep us occupied for some time to come.

We've had a varied life at Mt Dare, with managing the pub, dealing with a variety of interesting, strange & sometimes painful people, dealing with tourists, local police, national park personnel, medical emergencies, vehicle accidents & breakdowns, trailer repairs & Simpson Desert recoveries.

We've made some good friends on both sides of the Desert as well as in Alice Springs, & ExplorOz & hope to maintain those friendships.

I personally will miss the sometimes hectic life here, but am definitely ready for a change, moving back to a small town will provide that.

Karen, Connor & I would like to thank Dave & Mellissa for letting us grow into our positions at Mt Dare, & wish them well for the future.
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Reply By: Member Ray M (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 13:16

Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 13:16
Jeff & Karen, top effort at Mt Dare in those 5 years and may just catch up sometime in Tennant Creek during our trip this year. good luck with your new venture
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 13:52

Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 13:52
Well done Jeff.

All the very best with your new challenge.


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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 14:45

Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 14:45
Good luck in your new venture Jeff & karen,

We are passing through Tennant Creek on our way to the Kimberley mid May this year.
Hopefully you will be in residence by then?

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Follow Up By: Ozrover - Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 14:54

Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 14:54
We will be at the Tennant Creek caravan Park from the 31st of March.

There is a lot of work to do, but we'll be there!

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Follow Up By: Member - Rosss - Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 15:20

Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 15:20
Who is taking on Mt Dare.
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Follow Up By: Ozrover - Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 16:51

Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 16:51
David Cox will have to come back, at least for a while.

It is up for sale, so maybe someone will buy it?

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Reply By: Idler Chris - Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 17:56

Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 17:56
Five years is a great effort, well done. I have always enjoyed my visits to Mt Dare, you and Karen have set the bar pretty high we will just have to wait and see how your replacements do. The big positive here is that Tennant Creek is not a town I would normally stay at but I am guessing the CP is about to improve out sight so I for one will be giving it a go when next I pass, which should be sometime in August. Best of luck in your new endeavour.
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Reply By: rescue134 - Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 19:31

Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 19:31
Jeff & Karen, All the best with your new changeling carer, had good times up there and hope we where not the painful people, enjoy your time..
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Reply By: Member - John N (SA) - Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 20:41

Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 20:41
All the very best Jeff, Karen & Connor. We have had a few visits to Mt Dare over the years and thoroughly enjoyed our times there and seeing the changes being made. Most of our previous trips have been across the Desert, but in May last year, we stayed there on our way to drive along Binns Track. We enjoyed a great meal, (a couple of beers) and some very good advice from Karen on the early parts of the track. Much appreciated. We are heading for NT next year and will certainly camp at your new spot. Cheers and thanks for the great advice you contribute to this forum.

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Reply By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 20:46

Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 20:46
Well done Jeff and Karen and thanks for your time and efforts there.

1 thing, please leave my 5 times signed QFRS cap up on the ceiling.. :o)
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Reply By: Member - Outback Gazz - Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 22:37

Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 22:37
G'day Jeff

Bit of a shame we can't catch up again before I bring my next goup thru later this year but I'm sure it won't be long and we will meet again "up the creek" lol

Well done on your great work at Mt Dare !

All the best and I hope everything goes well for you !


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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 22:41

Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 22:41
Agree with previous messages - good luck in your new venture and you'll be missed at Mt Dare when we make another visit in June. But as others have said, you will provide a reason to stay at Tenant Creek when previously we've fuelled up and kept going !!
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Reply By: Life Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 22:57

Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 22:57
Good luck Jeff on your new endeavour, you leave behind big shoes to fill at Mt Dare, we are glad we were able to meet you when we passed through a couple years ago....

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Reply By: Ozrover - Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 09:55

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 09:55
Geeze! So many well wishes, thanks a lot all.

It was a hard decision to leave at this time, but we need to move on for the best of the family.

I'm sure that whoever Dave gets to look after the place will do as well or better than us, I will still be coming down for my desert fix as time & workload permits.

Looking forward to exploring a new country, as well as being a bit closer to the top end & maybe a few trips to the gulf for some Barra fishing...

BTW, I don't think that any of the "painful people" were ExOz members... lol.

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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 11:33

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 11:33
Jeff & Karen. I will always remember the advice, friendship and help. Spot on mate.

Thanks and all the best for the future. We do occasionally stay at caravan parks and if we get the chance will drop in and annoy you wit a beer one day.

Thanks to both of you.

Phil and Sue
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Reply By: Member - Howard (ACT) - Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 16:25

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 16:25
Hi Jeff,
gee long weekend here and over a weekend camp we just locked in another simpson trip for 1st week of July so I guess we wont get to see you and Karen this year.

Hope you find sucess in Tennant Creek and still get that Madigan trip in this year
thanks for your hospitality in the past
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Reply By: Leafy Sea Dragon - Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 21:38

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 21:38
Hi Jeff and Karen,

Thanks for all your invaluable help and info over the last 5 years.

Good luck in your new adventure.

Group of us are heading through TC this July so will hopefully catch up then.

Best Regards

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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 06:44

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 06:44
Thanks for your great service and solid advice over the years and a few good chats. All the best for the future Jeff.
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Reply By: MicandTrina - Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 10:43

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 10:43
Jeff,

Thanks for the lend of your Jerry Cans last year when you were out of Diesel and we rolled up to the closed pumps in dismay, and also for the call to Finke to find us some supplies too .

We appreciated your efforts to assist, and there are also so many others that have appreciated your assistance.

Best of luck with the new venture ....

Mic
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 09:22

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 09:22
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Reply By: 2000 Red Rodeo - Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 22:03

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 22:03
All the best for the new life in Tennant Creek.

And thanks again for getting us out of a bog about 100 metres from the hotel a few years ago.

Was one of the best bogs ive ever managed. Caused by me missing a detour sign and made worse by my stubborness. Still talk about it today, was a great trip.

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Reply By: Tjukayirla Roadhouse - Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 12:39

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 12:39
Best of luck with the new venture :-)

Cheers
Alan and Serena
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