Saturday 5th February 2011
How much rain could the rain-clouds rain if the rain-clouds could rain rain? Non-sensical really because we can certainly tell you that the rain-clouds can rain rain! We left Canberra on Thursday, after a stormy night there, and have travelled along the Alpine Way to an absolutely magic spot at Geehi (about 30kms south of Khancoban). We have been camped out near Keebles Hut, beside the Swampy PlainsRriver for the last two nights and there’s been little hold up from the rain for most of that time. We did get a chance to do school work out in the open yesterday and then the kids went for a swim in the river (with wetsuits as it was a little chilly), but come the evening the thunder storms were out in full force again.
It’s a little daunting dealing with Mother Nature and all her fury with the Queensland and Victoria flood scenes fresh in your memory. Needless to say Ben or I didn’t sleep all that well, but the kids slept right through all the flashing, booming and pouring rain.
With the rain today we retired to Keebles Hut to get a little ahead on school work. The kids feel a little ripped off at having to do school work on a Saturday, but we’ve convinced them that if we get ahead on rainy days we can move our week-end to finer days. Of course Tobey took this offer with both hands and decided that school days should only be on rainy days… always one to get out of a little work if he can!
The rain has continued today and the river has risen so we’ve moved camp and are now sitting around a cosy fire in Keebles Hut. Thank-you Arthur Keeble for giving us this shelter from the rain, such foresight that you had in 1948! We’ll sleep in here tonight and probably move on tomorrow, the weather is supposed to ease from this evening and we’ll take the Western track out (we came in over the river crossing). [Compare the two photos above, same spot in the river, about 10 hours apart]
There’s a fair amount of wild-life here, loads of kangaroos – even a couple having a box which I think was the highlight for the children. We’ve also seen rabbits and a fox-type creature (although a little bigger and a fisherman who was in yesterday said it was a dingo-cross) and of course ducks, because it’s perfect weather for ducks!
Sunday 6th February 2011
The river crossing that we’d come across on Thursday was totally impassable today so we came out on a track alongside the Swampy Plains River.
We’re in Victoria now and there’s evidence of the huge amount of rain they have had everywhere. Fields are flooded and rivers are obviously swollen. But what a difference a day makes, it’s beautiful and sunny and I have a feeling that we may even get things dried out a little.