We Got Ourselves Into Hot Water

Had a sleep in this morning seeing that we were only just going up the road to Lightning Ridge. By the time we arose the frost had disappeared under sunny skies. Rather than having a dip at the Walgett Artesian baths we decided we could wait until Lightning Ridge so we set out for the short but very rough road trip from Walgett to Lightning Ridge. Some poor old tourist came to grief while heading south. According to the reports coming over the radio he had had a heart attack and ended up running off the road. Fortunately car and caravan remained upright although we didn’t hear the prognosis for the driver. There was a large support group in attendance. We met the ambulance coming from Lightning Ridge followed quite some time later by the Road Rescue Unit. Hope it all ended well

Both suitably cooked, time for a drink.

We arrived in Lightning Ridge in time for a stroll around the CBD but, as we weren’t in the market for opals, we could only manage coffee and cakes at a very nice cafe on the street. We made our way to the Opal Caravan Park which is just 200 metres from the hot springs. After setting up camp we ventured down to the pools for a couple of hours, moving between the hottest and the not so hottest pools. We were suitably defrosted so headed back to camp to dry out in the sun. Even though its only 12º its very warm out of the wind. Finally some warm weather.

Cooper’s Cottage circa 1916 – couldn’t see Spider or Melva anywhere

We are heading north tomorrow, probably stay at St George for a couple of nights for the usual weekly routine of laundry and replenishing water tanks etcetera.

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