25/1/2014 The Rock – 30kms from Wagga Wagga
Since we have returned to Wagga Wagga my daughter has been thinking it might be a nice idea to climb ‘The Rock’ and so today is the day. At least I was able to put her off from doing it in the 36 degree heat – today a mild 27 but considering the last time I did this trek I was almost 10 years younger and it was in the winter time so it won’t be easy. We get to the track at about 4pm and find out it is a 6km – 3 hour return so I now have to ring Shane and tell him that when I said “see you in a couple of hours …… well I think I won’t be home until at least 8pm”.
I do admit it is a nice time of the day to go on this walk/climb as after about half an hour the track is completely in shade with the afternoon sun setting on the other side of The Rock – its a good thing too as this is where the track starts to get quite steep. It is now hard slog but as we keep heading up and the trees thin out we can enjoy the views across the ranges, fields and the township of The Rock.
Reaching the top is a great feeling – we have climbed 330m and now we have 360 degree views. It is nice just to sit, rest our weary legs while enjoying the scenery and definitely in no hurry to head back down.
We have just booked our flights to London so over the next few months we shall be getting excited, nervous and hearing lots of advice from family and friends. For us it is a chance to catch up with our son, currently working/living in the UK, and do a bit of looking around as well as seeing some of my relatives. We shall also travel to Europe hoping to see Rome and some other destinations still to figure out.
We ended up going through the local Flight Centre office and found the travel consultant to be very helpful and incredibly enthusiastic. These days it is easy to find flights on the internet and if you know what you are looking for and how to go about things then you could get better deals, flights and connections but for us novices it is beneficial to use the professionals that are trained for these arrangements. Of course you then have someone to blame if it all goes “pear shaped’.