Jackie Parry – author

Photo Album

“A Standard Journey – 5 horses, 2 people, and 1 tent” – is available from Amazon A Standard Journey – via this link you can look at reviews and read an excerpt too.

I hope you like our photos of our trip.

There are three sections – you can jump to each section by just clicking on the titles below or simply scroll down:

Kangaroo Valley

The Trail

Farewell

Bicentennial National Trail Map

Charlie upon his arrival, sporting a thick hairy winter coat.
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Spirit checking pockets for treats
KANGAROO VALLEY

 

Noel shows Spirit the pack-saddle, Spirit just wants a head rub!

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Strapping the pack saddle on Spirit, meanwhile he snoozes!  
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The panniers are on and Spirit doesn’t worry one bit.
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Innocent face– Noel on board Spirit
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Spirit and Stevie became great buddies – you can just see Ned’s hairy bottom in the background
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Charlie’s head! And Ned – Spirit’s bottom in background. Charlie still looks a bit concerned here
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Ned’s always seeing what we’re up to.

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Charlie and Ned are best buddies, and still convinced Noel has treatsSAMSUNG

 

Kangaroo Valley
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Stevie at the fence
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Stevie
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Charlie and Ned
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Stevie
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Spirit
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Ned, Charlie and Noel
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(l to r) – Charlie, Spirit, Ned, Stevie
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Jet, Charlie, Ned – first time salt lick for all
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Kangaroo Valley
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Kangaroo Valley
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Cedar and Jet
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Skip – the farm dog
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Clive and Noel
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View from our cottage
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Five gorgeous bottoms!

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Homemade nosebags
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Dom
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(l to r) – Spirit, Dom (just see him), Stevie, Charlie, Ned

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Great training ground at Kangaroo Valley – Noel on Stevie with Spirit and Dom x 2
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Andrea on Cedar with Jet in the background, Noel behind me with is three, I would be on Charlie, leading Ned
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Dom, Charlie and Ned
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Dom
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Andrea on Cedar, leading Jet
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Charlie starting to muscle up

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Skip and the new guy Ruie!
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Andrea with Jet and Cedar
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Ruie – a great way to waste time – playing!
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Kangaroo Valley
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Scene of “The Creek Episode”
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Jackie on Ned, leading Charlie – check out their demeanour – see what I mean?

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FIRST CAMP SITE – TARALGA

Dom posing for the camera – Jackie cuddling Charlie

TRAIL

My Charlie boy – he had me wrapped around his hooves!

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Neddy always wondering what’s going on – love him!

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Spirit, Stevie, Charlie, Ned and Dom – awaiting dinner

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We’re off and racing – hope we can stick to the speed limit!

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Crookwell – see what I mean about the packs!

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Taking a moment to work with Dom

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Any chance to roll, Dom was down

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Noel looks great on Charlie, but he rarely rode him
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Noel on Dom
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The Tent Problem

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Original tent – at Crookwell

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The showground manager allowed us to camp in this shed after the tent flooded

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The first few days wore them out! Spirit, Dom, Ned, Charlie, Stevie

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Drying out the tent!

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A tight team – (l to r) Ned, Dom, Stevie, Charlie (hidden) and Spirit)
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Hi-tech comms in a paddock – small solar panel charging the phone

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Noel ‘cooking’ dinner

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Repairs to be done

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Charlie having a perv at me showering

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Dom (nearest) – evening

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All the horses boots!

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New cork screw

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Evening at Hall Showground – night before the Pony Club came and made us feel unwelcome!

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In the camping store with one of our pack-saddles fitting new gear

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Stevie trying out the new gear – 2 back-packs, rug rolled up on top (blue) – grey dry-back with bedding on top x 2
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Waiting for the police

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Sixteen lanes of traffic stop for us!

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Spirit

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Looking at Canberra (l to r) Stevie, Spirit, Dom, Charlie, Ned

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Noel and his three, Spirit and Dom making a grab for a quick munch

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The horses ‘lost’ in the trees, this is where Stevie went missing!

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Those narrow gates! Arhhhh! You can see Charlie’s distress and he hasn’t got packing gear to squeeze through with!

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Tharwa – Lot of gear but we had a phone signal, time to let folks know we are okay

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The boys were fed, watered and free in the paddock. Noel and I were getting ready to sort everything else out!

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Brief bit of fun in the sand

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More repairs

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Caloola campsite with the brown snakes! And where I couldn’t stand feeling my own hands!

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Okay, so I wouldn’t win any fashion contests – but it was just about survival and coping – we had to weigh every item and ensure the pack-saddles were completely balanced

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Noel looking back over Spirit and Dom (with his head hidden) looking back to me and Charlie and Ned, about to cross the creek

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Now they were brilliant in creeks – Charlie loved sticking his nose in

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My view!

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The team!

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Our first hut! Luxury

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Content and hungry boys

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Making home for a night

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Basic, but a blessing to have something to sit on

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Packing up – when ‘that’ Kangaroo ‘played’ with us!

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Very little to eat, Noel snoozes while Spirit and Dom search him for food

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Trying to make sense of all our stuff

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If we had time, we’d let them pick when we found good grass. We enjoyed the stretch too.(Jackie with Charlie and Ned nearby)

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Weighing gear again – in my best clothes

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I am as tired as I look!

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Little Neddy

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Noel and his team marching on

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This was a good day… until…  ouch!

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Hiding horse feed in the trees for when we arrived (we had been loaned a car!)

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I hoped it would still be there when we arrived on horseback several days later

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Home sweet home!

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Noel’s neatly made bed and my bed!

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Oldfields Hut – just lovely

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When the trail became narrow, we could let some of the boys go and they’d stay in line (mostly!)

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Charli would become most indignant when I’d shift in the saddle to take photos

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Time for a drink

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Noel and his team – Dom’s getting ready to roll, we had to keep him moving!

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Nole became adept at map reading en route

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Still map reading – there are no road signs out here

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At our second hut – Circuit Hut

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Circuit Hut

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Friendly wildlife

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Charlie didn’t like the misty morning!

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We were on the trail by 6 am – worrying about the heatwave and predicted fires!

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We didn’t stop at this hut – just took a quick picture

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As the mist cleared the countryside revealed its beauty

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Our last camp

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Farewell

Saying farewell to Charlie and the boys – I miss them everyday

Goodbye

Stevie

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Noel’s thoughts on horses and the human/horse relationship completely changed

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Our beautiful boys

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Spirit

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Cheeky Spirit – our cool dude

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Our tack roomOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and just a couple more from the early days at Kangaroo Valley – a great training gound

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In heaven – training with all five boys

 

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Bicentennial Trial_map-2

Map reproduced with kind permission from the BNT organisation.

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4 thoughts on “Photo Album

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  3. Hi Jackie,
    Loved the photos. Felt like I was along for the ride. Cindy Jensen.

    Like

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