Since Rachel preffered the scenic route it took a bit longer than planned and the roads were quite bumpy. Rachel now knows what an unsealed raod is and will try to avoid them in future. However it was a lot prettier than the highway would have been.
We arrived at a lovely camp ground by the edge of a river. We had some dinner then Sion made a camp fire and Rachel made some bread to toast on it.
Next morning we got up early and had eggs benedict for breakfast. We then made our way to the Yarrangobilly Caves for a guided tour, which started at 1pm. We turned off the main road onto a very steep and windy single track gravel road. There were sheer drops to the valley floor below and no barrier, it was a bit scary. We met our tour guide, Gilly, outside the Jersey cave who led us in. The caves were warmer than we thought at about 10 degrees C. This particular cave is known for its magnificent black staliagmites. The colour is due to the carbon deposits from forest fires millions of years ago. The cave was full of stalagmites, stalagtites, rock pools, caverns, columns and pearl white shawl formations. In the 'Grotto of oddities', as it was named, there were hundreds of strange shaped formations. One columns, 'Cleopatra's Needle', stretched from the ground to the cavern roof, about 20ft above us. We went 30m below the ground and at one point Gilly turned off all the lights and we were stood in complete darkness! It was very scary. When we came out of the cave we felt a sudden ruch of air and were dazzled by the bright sunlight.
We then drove to a campsite on the edge of Lake Eucumbene it was very quiet and we had a lovely view of the lake. During the night it wasn't so quiet, it was extremley windy and the van was shacking quite a lot.
The next morning we woke early and headed for Thredbo, a ski resort high in the Snowy Mountains. Skiing and snowboarding were too expensive for us so we only stayed one night. Even though we could see the snow on the mountains we weren't cold and it was a lot warmer than Canberra.
On Monday we headed back to Canberra, hoping our post would arrive by Tuesday. We stopped shortly at Cooma, which is a busy little town with nice shops.
We are back in Canberra now, but our post has still not arrived!! Patience is no longer a virtue we posses.