“Water in caves presents a problem which can be minimised in its effect upon the individual or party by the use of appropriate techniques. By and large, water in caves should be avoided, because there is no point in splashing about for the sake of it, or because one is going to get wet later on in any case. A wet man is a cold man, and a cold man is a liability. To the caver, this is an unnecessary waste. It is for those reasons that immersion should be delayed until it is absolutely unavoidable.” The house | The dinner | Thermal pool | Expedition One | Expedition Two | Charades etc | Movies


Chapter 3: Yarrangobilly Thermal Pool
Since the weather was glorious all weekend (though a tad frosty before the sun came up), we decided that a dip in the thermal pool would be in order. An early scouting mission proved that the trek was possible, and plans were made to arrive at the venue at sunrise (or thereabouts).

Strict protocols were adhered to: no photography was permitted of non-males in bathing attire, and males without bathing attire were asked to refrain from partaking in the frivolities, or to borrow someone else's bathing garments. All went very swimmingly, through Gregg was clearly disappointed to discover that the objects tickling his feet were not indeed baked trout, but some other organism which is best left unmentioned.

The less-adventurous members of the party remained vigil at the poolside in case of any mishap, ready to apply CPR or Mars bars.
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We made an early reconnaissance of the pool before sunrise
We made an early reconnaissance of the pool before sunrise
This is what it looked like through the morning mist
This is what it looked like through the morning mist
The green vegetation in the foreground is 'grass'
The green vegetation in the foreground is 'grass'
Incongruous in such surroundings, Autumn makes its presence felt
Incongruous in such surroundings, Autumn makes its presence felt
Either some people are overdressed, or some of us are lizards
Either some people are overdressed, or some of us are lizards
A dangerous middle-of-the-road photo shoot
A dangerous middle-of-the-road photo shoot
The Roberts were inseparable for most of the weekend
The Roberts were inseparable for most of the weekend
Spiro ψαράς is ready for action
Spiro ψαράς is ready for action
Meanwhile, the thermal pool warms up
Meanwhile, the thermal pool warms up
The crowd assembles for the ritual bathing experience
The crowd assembles for the ritual bathing experience
Alex considers her options, but backs out after being unable to undo her shoelaces
Alex considers her options, but backs out after being unable to undo her shoelaces
Pauline inspects the temperature whilst Jenny and Jim disentangle themselves
Pauline inspects the temperature whilst Jenny and Jim disentangle themselves
The men emerge from the bathing shed
The men emerge from the bathing shed
Ian Thorpe and Michael Phelps have little to worry about
Ian Thorpe and Michael Phelps have little to worry about
Brian briefly reconsiders his options after Ivan emerges from his dive
Brian briefly reconsiders his options after Ivan emerges from his dive
No diving. No splashing. No photography. No swimming.
No diving. No splashing. No photography. No swimming.
With only one lane for laps, the pool was quickly crowded with swimmers
With only one lane for laps, the pool was quickly crowded with swimmers
The life guards show keen interest in the proceedings
The life guards show keen interest in the proceedings
Awaiting Brian's emergence from the changing sheds, the crowd grew restless
Awaiting Brian's emergence from the changing sheds, the crowd grew restless
Since Brian forgot to pack apré-swimming gear, we took in the scenery
Since Brian forgot to pack apré-swimming gear, we took in the scenery
Our Greek fisherman goes looking for a boat
Our Greek fisherman goes looking for a boat
If you look closely, there are nine trout in this picture
If you look closely, there are nine trout in this picture
Our first major cave sighting whets the appetite
Our first major cave sighting whets the appetite
All of a sudden, we became quite geologically inclined
All of a sudden, we became quite geologically inclined

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