Good Friday. When most people are struggling out of Sydney amongst the traffic, and queuing ages at McDonalds for a barely-decent meal, I woke up already in the mountains – coming down Thursday is so much more relaxing – and started my day with a run through the bush, from Sawpit Creek along the Waterfall Track. Plenty of good hills in that one, and I was pretty much stuffed by the time I got back.
Most of the rest of our group – 13 strong in the end – came down Friday morning, so whilst we were waiting for them to assemble, Trev and I drove down to Jindabyne, parked the car near Curiosity Rocks on the Koscuiszko Road and took off walking near the BMX bike trails that wind their way down to Hatchery Bay and even further.
The BMX tracks are very impressive, and walking around there afforded us some spectacular views of Jindabyne, the lake and the mountains. You’re never all that far from the Koscuiszko Road that heads up to Perisher, but you might as well be twenty kilometers away. It’s very peaceful and very much worth a look if you’re after somewhere to walk when the weather isn’t so crash hot higher up.
We had lunch at Island Bend and after that dragged some wood out of the scrub for our fires, then Trev and I headed off down the Snowy River, rock-hopping for about an hour. It wasn’t easy walking, because there’s no actual path, but you get to follow the course of arguably our most famous river to places that, I’m tipping, most people don’t normally go.