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The Snowy Mountains Jindabyne Trip - September 9 - 14, 2001

by Sandra Kelley

Congenial company, fabulous food, lovely lodgings and wonderful weather - this describes the trip to Jindabyne and the Perisher snowfields.

The Eagle Range chalet and guesthouse, set on 300 acres of high country farmlands, was the base for our snow frolics. Eve, our host, provided us with country cooked breakfasts and delicious three course dinners to keep our strength up, while Joost and Marion entertained us with their piano accordions. Activities over the four days included instruction in the art of Cross Country Skiing and Snow Shoeing, the geology, flora and fauna of the Snowy Mountains, regaining those downhill skiing skills, bargain hunting at the Jindabyne shops, and the delights of a massage (courtesy of Marion) to sooth those aching muscles at the end of the day.

The Ski Bunnies
The Ski Bunnies - Denise, Chris, Louise, Sandra, Virginia, Rhonda, Monica, Sue, Ann
(Photo by Sandra Kelley)

There were a few characters in the group such as the 'Monica Phenomenon' (you will have to ask someone who was there to explain), Chris the Hoon and Louise the Eager Beaver, just to name a few. Our trip was capped off by an evening out at a Persian restaurant. This was a new gastronomical experience for most of us with goat and camel on the menu. Have you noticed how food is always a high priority for bushwalkers?

Chris and Sue are to be congratulated for organising such a great trip, one that will be talked about for some time and hopefully it will be repeated.

Lunch in the Snow
Lunch in the Snow
Chris - very intent, Sue - blessing lunch, Louise - in thought,
Sandra - very normal, Denise - slight bend in head (could be altitude)
... and of course Monica surrounded by poles !!!
(Photo and description by Ann Holwell)

Checking the map
Checking the map
(Photo by Chris Cuthbert)

(Photo by Chris Cuthbert)