Monday, October 29, 2007

Yerriyong 4WDriving

Last Sunday I had a day out 4x4ing in the Yerriyong State Forest, near Wandandian. The day was an exploratory day where I hoped to find some new and exciting trails that I could bring future trips. I gave an open invitation to anyone at SES to attend and whilst most had other plans a couple of other trucks tagged along.

We left the bitumen at Nowra and headed out towards Tianjara Falls, just before there we turned onto the 12 mile trail. This took us out to George Boyd lookout where of course I had to bag a cache and took in the cool views. From here we dropped off the range and headed down towards the highway. Just prior to making it out to the highway we turned onto Vandean Fire trail. Along here we had a few false starts all in the name of exploring, once we turned back as the track deterioated that bad that should we have to return via this trail some trucks wouldnt have made it back up.

Lunch was had at a great little bush camping spot. S35 07.416 E150 24.671 We then continued our off-road fun but on more than one occasion we were turned around by trails that looked to be going places only end at dead ends. One particular track provided its own fun when a fallen tree stopped our progress for some time. The result here was tree=1 vehicle=0.

Further down the track we were once again stopped, this time by mechanical failure. I'd snapped a CV joint and thus had to remove the shattered CV. An hour later we back on the road again and heading along Hawthorn rd and Wandean rd in search of more trails. Eventually we popped back out on Turpentine rd via Cassia Rd. With the day drawing to a close we headed back towards Nowra stopping to have a look at an old plane wreck site.

The day wouldn't have been complete without one more cache just outside Nowra. Thanks to the others who tagged along making the day enjoyable.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Family holiday

We've just returned from a week long holiday on the Gold Coast. We had booked a vacation for back in April but due to other family matters the week had to be postponed until now.

We stayed at the Crown Towers resort which offers fully self contained apartments. We had a 2 bedroom apartment which I must say was the size of a small house, we had plenty room for all, 2 balconys, ensuite and kids retreat. Our apartment was on the 13th floor overlooking the adrenilin park. This provide hours and hours of fun for us as we continually watched people put themselves throught these negative 'G' rides, only to see us do it on our last day.

One of our days was spent at Dreamworld where both kids and Mum & Dad had a great time. The day was aimed for the kids so we spent most of our time around Wiggle World and the smaller rides. Both kids had their photo taken with their favourite TV characters - Dora and Wags.

Plenty of time was spent at one of 3 pools the resort had. If the weather was a little inclement we took in the heated pool but most days we were around the beach pool.

Of course what would a week away be without some caching but I'll leave that for another thread.

We managed to catch up with family on more than one ocassion, along with a periodical visit to our QLD property. Our relaxing week was finished off with a slow trip home stopping with family for a few days and then a break at Taree.

Regretably all holidays must come to an end and unfortunately its back to work tommorrow.