Today we celebrated Fathers’ Day in Canberra with our daughter Katie and her fiancée Mick.
Although there had been a little rain overnight, when we woke up at Young things had started to dry out a bit and it promised to be an OK day (according to the local weather forecast). This has to be one of the quietest caravan parks we have ever stayed at – very little local traffic and no sounds from nearby freeways, train tracks or airports.
From the caravan park we drove through the outskirts of Young and saw some of the beautiful old buildings this area has to offer before getting onto the Olympic Highway.
At the small town of Wallendbeen we turned east onto the Burley Griffin Way towards Harden.
We stopped for coffee in Bertha at Harden and waved as our next door neighbours from last night went past. Again, there are some beautiful old buildings in Harden.
From Harden we went through the small town of Binalong, with even more beautiful old buildings. We will have to explore this general area over a longer period of time in the future as it seems a very picturesque area with many nice small towns to visit and stay.
Not long after Binalong we turned onto the Hume Highway for a short time before turning off onto the Barton Highway towards Canberra. What struck us almost immediately was the amount of water in the Yass River. Like everywhere else there are signs of the recent heavy rains, although things have definitely dried out a lot and today there has been no sign of water over roads. Now that the water is gone the pot-holes are more obvious.
We soon reached Alivio Tourist Park, checked in and set up. Last time we were here in June there were major works under way on some of the sites and this time we were lucky enough to be on one of the newly refurbished drive-through sites, and it is so much better than before. These sites have been re-leveled with new bitumen, the garden areas have been upgraded and the services connectors upgraded as well. It appears that they are gradually working through all the caravan sites and it will be great when all sites are of an equivalent standard as the amenities and camp kitchen (and there is a nice restaurant here as well).
We have a great view across to Black Mountain lookin’ out our back door!
It was nearly time for Fathers’ Day lunch so a quick call and Mick came to pick us up. Lunch at Katie’s was delicious and we lingered a long time over the dinner table eating and catching up with the news. Later in the afternoon we shared a Skype session with our son Phil and his family, and it certainly appeared that our grand-daughters Alex and Emily were very excited to see us.
It was eventually time to return to Bertha where we settled down for a very light tea and a forecast cold night.
It was great being able to catch up with all our family on Fathers’ Day!