Snowy Mountains (Easter 2007)

Easter fell in April in 2007, so there was no chance of daylight saving giving us those late sunsets and the all-important ability to eat dinner without needing torches and other campsite lighting.

Not surprisingly, Joseph wasn’t back with us a year after we convinced him to climb into a wombat hole, let him wield an axe on his own, and basically do a lot of ill-advised stuff like sleeping in a tent, crapping in a hole, following Ben’s lead and braving a weekend that had everything weather-wise. No, his parents probably decided there were better things for him to do over Easter.

But Nathan was back. Second year in a row. Despite many jokes about Aboriginals and accountants (and maybe a few about Aboriginal accountants?) he toughed it out for another year. Fred and Karen were down, without Lauryn for some reason. Matt came, without any friends. Rebecca (who sustained an ankle injury on the way out to Illawong Hut on Monday) brought her friend Kelly down for her first proper camping experience. I wonder why most of these people come once and never return. You’ve gotta be a little crazy to do it every year, I guess…

For mine, Easter 2007 will be remembered for the year Freddy nearly plowed into a group of Lycra-clad cyclists up at Dead Horse Gap. They were incredibly upset about nearly being skittled by a dude in a dual cab, and he was far from contrite. We all found it outrageously amusing.

Good Friday

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Mark and Dad talking wood-cutting etiquette, no doubt.
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Camping requires A LOT of gear.
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Some hard yakka here.
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The camp site is up.

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Sunsets like this are why we camp.
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Settling in.

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Saturday

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Walking up the river bed to Island Bend Dam.

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Photo doesn’t do justice to the steepness of that rock face.

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Chilly morning!

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Perisher Valley – on the Porcupine Rocks track.

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This photo of Ben is extraordinary.
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Lunch stop.
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View from the Porcupine Rocks down onto Lake Crackenback. Stunning!

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Tangled Snowgums are so quintessentially Australian.

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Ben, Nath and I enjoying some lunch.

Easter Sunday

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On the Tin Mine Track out from Dead Horse Gap.

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Love this group shot.
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At the stockyards – dad and Fred there in the background.
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One of the best photos of the three of us.

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The three stooges?
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Two guys climbed a tree…
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Dad and I should be flannelette models.

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Those mountains – amazing!

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Easter Monday

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Heading out to Illawong Lodge from Guthega
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Flying Fox to cross the river when it’s rushing.

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The Snowy River runs into the Guthega Pondage here.

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Illawong Hut
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On the suspension bridge — check out the look Karen has on her face at the prospect of crossing.

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That is one large spider…
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Nathan and Dad.

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Great spot for an afternoon nap.

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Dad’s commandeered the flying fox.
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Still not entirely sure what’s happening here…
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But I know what’s happening here – Rebecca’s ankle has blown up.

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