Fire and Rain.

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 21, 2007 at 09:57
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Just got back from 7 days down in the Snowy River area.

With all the fires around the area where to go was a big problem, but going on information available before going a trip was planned.

Starting at Jindabyne and going south on the Barry Way. I have done this trip before but this time there was no one camping on the Snowy River at all. There are at least a few campers set up for the holidays in the many camp sites along the river. The UHF set up on scan was also very quite.

Our first night camp was set at our usual spot but no fire tonight. Fire ban in Victoria.

The next day was also very quite except for the brumbies that galloped off as we approached.

Native Dog Flat was also vacant. That is very unusual. This camp site is accessible by 2wd vehicles and is always occupied.

Passing the camp grounds along the Limestone Creek track and they were also void of campers we could have camped any where.

At last a crackle from the UHF scan radio. There is someone else around. As the voices got louder I was able to make contact with the other convey and we were approaching each other. The only thing between us was a tree that had fallen over the track.

Clearing the track was quick with the aid of the other members of the convey and then the chainsaw was fired up to cut the main trunk.

I sent Belinda ahead to stop the other convey that was approaching before they came across the tree. We were just around a bend and out of sight of approaching vehicles. As the last cut was made the other convey turned up to help roll the log off the track. Some comments were made as how they had waited but not long enough to help with the clearing.

Most of the other convey were from WA and thought it was very good how there was very little traffic on the tracks.

Arriving at our campsite for the night, again no one in sight and very little water in the river. Enough for a shower and after checking with Vic Parks a small camp fire was lit and we settled down for the night.

to be continued....

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