Sunday, November 29, 2009

Timing is everything

I would like to share an adventure we had recently.

Mr, the 2 dogs and I decided on a long weekend of camping. Having found an awesome sounding place on the web called Riverwood Downs that was dog friendly, had reasonable camping fees and a river right next to where the swags would be swung, we thought it would be three days of relaxation and river swimming. 

The dogs enjoying the ride

I should have known it was all too good to be true! (Especially as the weather forecast was for flooding in Northern NSW).
We headed down the mountain, took the back roads, the "scenic route" through Wiseman's Ferry, along the Old Northern Road, checked out convict relics, stopped in at St Albans Pub, again at Wollombi Pub (the home of Dr Jurd's Jungle Juice) where there was an added attraction of woodchopping, for the annual Wollombi Festival. 
Depending on whether you are a glass half full or half empty person, fortunately or unfortunately, it was getting dark. We found a riverside camping reserve at Broke, set up camp, had a great dinner, a few beers and settled in for the night falling asleep to folk music drifting across the river from the nearby music festival. 
The next morning we were up early and heading for our destination. The dogs were happy as ever - they could smell the river getting closer and we could see the weather closing in!

The lovely view from the vehicle 

Needless to say it was a tad wet. But we soldiered on and made it to Riverwood Downs. There was a break in the storm. We checked out the place, pulled up next to the River and had a bite to eat. Little were we to know we were about 2 minutes ahead of the deluge. Soggy sandwiches in hand and our clothes soaked to the bone, we graciously admitted defeat and headed back home vowing to return when the North Coast is not in flood!
Although we were only there for a matter of minutes, we were impressed with  Riverwood Downs, the property the people and hope there are others out there that check it out if you are heading that way.

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