- Visit a few towns in the area around Tumut;
- Assess how feasible it was to take the small dog on a tent camping trip (which if successful will really open up options for us on subsequent trips); and
- Assess how well our 65 year old bodies could handle a tent camping trip.
The first objective is described later in this report and a second post. Suffice it to say it was successfully undertaken. The second objective was also successful, in that the small dog behaved well around the camp site and - from our perspective, very importantly - in the tent overnight. Although we both ended up feeling rather tired (but not emotional) I think the third objective was rather well met also.
The total trip (except for the return from Tumblong along the Hume highway etc) is summarised in this extract from Google maps.
Through Canberra and out to Urriarra Crossing where the Murrumbidgee was still flowing, but not strongly. The dunny here was considered and tested getting a rating of 8/10. (The missing 2 points reflect the use of a bit of fence wire as the(unexplained) flushing mechanism.)
- had a great sense of humour and, despite not having a written language, entertained themselves by inventing names that the white explorers would never be able to spell properly; or
- were a lost race of Germans (who are not happy with any word with less than 10 letter - as suggested by Gotterdammerung)!
As we approached Tumut a huge flock of Straw-necked Ibis were soaring over the paddocks beside the Tumut River (surprisingly being based upon an indigenous word for "a quiet resting place beside a river'). We found the visitors centre and acquired a guide to the historic walking tour. The town was first settled in about 1830 as settlers moved up the 'lush' River Valley.
There are still quite a lot of 19th Century buildings around and they have been, by and large maintained well.
The pediment above a jewellers shop.
The All Saints Anglican Church was open and well set out. This honour roll was very attractive (albeit slightly mucked up by flash reflection).
Hume and Hovell walking track from Yass to Albury. On arrival our first task was to ensure Tammie was comfortable: note the retractable lead goes through the shackle so she has plenty of freedom.
- we had had a test run on the lawn at home; and
- the site was well grassed,sandy soil and grass (as opposed to the usual campground mixture of shale and eucalypt roots).