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March 26th 2010
Published: March 26th 2010
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The Snowy MountainsThe Snowy MountainsThe Snowy Mountains

more smoky than snowy today
We left Tocomwal, heading north but the pull of the mountains made us do a U turn and, once back at Tocomwal, we turned to drive towards the mountains along the Murray River Highway. There were all types of orchards each side of the highway, we stopped and bought a box full of plums, peaches, nectarines, and apples. Pears and grapes are also grown there, it's a fertile valley.

We had the night in a favourite little caravan park in Colac Colac (pronounced Clack Clack) where the grass is green, there's a little creek running through and it's quiet. There was a lot of burning off in the mountains which resulted in a fair bit of smoke as we climbed up but the air cleared the higher we got. Our poor little motor home was working hard going up such steep mountains and we stopped a few times by little mountain streams to give it a rest and take photos of the bubbling waters.

We came to the snowfields - Thredbo, Crackenback, all green now but popular for skiing in winter. We were in jeans and warm tops but soon had to change, it was a warm day, even
Climbing ...Climbing ...Climbing ...

or perhaps that's actually going down the steep mountain - there were a lot of ups and downs.
in the 'snow country'. I don't think I've seen the country around Lake Jindabyne as green as it is at the moment, in fact we are seeing all the country at its best, green and lush.

We are staying tonight at Cooma - even here it's warm - I always think of Cooma as very chilly but how great to be here in autumn and a warm autumn at that.

‘down by Kosciusko, where the pine-clad ridges raise
Their torn and rugged battlements on high,
Where the air is clear as crystal, and the white stars fairly blaze
At midnight, in the cold and frosty sky’

AB (Banjo) Patterson, The Man From Snowy River



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Ski slopes, ThredboSki slopes, Thredbo
Ski slopes, Thredbo

Much steeper than they look. Taken in town on the opposite side of the ski slopes - there's a steep drive down to the bottom.


26th March 2010

What beautiful country you are traveling through..I love when mountains and lakes are together

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