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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Friday, 23 December 2016

The Jameisons at the Jamisons

Plan today, drive to the Blue Mountains. But we couldn't have chosen a worse day as an overcast gray sky greeted us upon waking. Still, we kept fingers crossed that the conditions would improve. Unfortunately the further up the mountains,  the worse it became with the low cloud obscuring the views at Echo Point. But our hopes were high that a miracle would occur and the clouds would lift. Having found a parking spot and paid $4 for the privilege it didn't look like the miracle was about to happen.

Total wipeout behind us.
Andy had the idea of traveling to Katoomba and taking the boardwalk through the forest in the hope that conditions would improve later. Then as we pulled into the carpark a sudden break in the clouds
revealed the cableway. Now this was a 'must do' but not just the cableway but the steepest railway in the world and a skyway with views across to the Three Sisters.

Sally and big bruv Andy

The steep descent on the railway!!!

Really steep!


Having experienced the thrill of the steep railway we did the 2.5k rainforest boardwalk.

Us 'twins' ride off into the distance!

Katoomba Falls

Then the miracle did happen. As we boarded the Cablecar the mist cleared to reveal the Jimson Valley in all it's glory.

The three sisters
And to show what the view should have been at Echo Point we went back for a second look.

The same photo but with a view overlooking Jamison Valley.

The Jameisons at the Jimson Valley

Katoomba Cascade

Katoomba Falls seen from the Skyway

On the Skyway the floor suddenly clears to show the view below.
 So it seems miracles do happen and we ended the day with some special memories of a valley almost but not quite named after us.

 And today's wildlife

St Andrews Cross Spider underside and......


Black Cockateel.

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