Gayle, Esther, and all our boys went with a number of other people from our church on a drive along a rough track up the Snowy River. The road along this river comes out on the main road about 20 minutes’ drive north of us. They went up that road to the end, where they had morning tea at a farm, and then took the track a couple of kilometers into the bush to a former gold-mining area—the Alexander’s mine and gold stamping mill. Here is some of the scenery on the way to the farm.
Mr. Sweetie gesticulating about something at the farm. (Notice his new glasses, Grandma?)
The center vehicle is Simon’s Pajero. The one in front is his boss’s Land Cruiser, affectionately known as the Troopie (because it’s a troop carrier). My family has been talking about the electric system for this farm ever since they got home. They generate their own power with a water turbine. The power is taken to the buildings with a single Number 8 wire, and most of the year they have to leave the lights on all the time so they don’t burn out the system, because they have too much power!
The Troopie has made it across; will the Pajero and the other Land Cruiser make it?
Simon hooking up a snatch strap so the Troopie can help him get up the muddy bank. He says the water was icy.
Checking out the ruts the Pajero made. The bank was apparently about three feet high before the Troopie went up it, and then the Pajero smashed it down some, too.
A tree was across the track—it’s a good thing someone had a chain saw along!
The old stamping mill at the end of the track. They used to use some sort of cyanide treatment to extract the gold. Here is a video I took several years ago of a stamping mill that can still be used; it will give you a bit of an idea how they worked.
The vehicles emerged not much the worse for wear. The Troopie had no damage. The other Cruiser had some, and Simon lost a bit of trim from the sill under his door. They were pretty muddy when they got home, but that was the worst. Simon is hoping to do this kind of thing a bit more often, now that he has a vehicle for it.
Here is a video we put together from clips that Esther took of the river crossings:
I never got to see your brothers backroad or go through mud-holes, but they might enjoy this! I’m sure they would relate! As regards the glasses on Mr. Sweetie, I’ll need to see more of them to get used to seeing him that way!