Our annual winter instalment of Wee Jasper Naturally, last weekend, turned out to be bitterly cold and not at all pleasant.
However, hardy campers braved the less than perfect conditions and day trippers came from far and wide to enjoy the activities above and below ground in Wee Jasper.
Most activities were booked out and all participants gave excellent feedback on the weekend's event.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service's Discovery Session was the highlight for most on Saturday with participants, young and old, learning some incredible indigenous facts, tasting kurrajong root and geebung berries, making their own stringy bark rope and throwing boomerangs.
Saturday night's astronomy evening with Wagga Wagga Mobile Observatory was a bit of a fizzer, as was the bonfire. Cloud cover and rain meant that the night sky was not quite what was hoped for, however Michael Maher from the Mobile Observatory hung around an extra day and allowed locals a perfect view of the sky on Sunday night.
Mountain Trails Adventure School, with Les Shelley and Jennifer Chapman at the helm, put on some excellent food and braved the miserable Saturday night conditions.
Careys Cave and the Cooradigbee Fossil Tours were popular attractions all weekend and many visitors left Wee Jasper with a new appreciation of our amazing valley.
The organisers of the event would like to thank in particular Mountain Trails Adventure School, Ian and Helen Cathles, Jennifer and Charlie Barton, Geoff Kell, the staff of Wee Jasper Reserves and the NSW National Parks Discovery Rangers for making the event a great success, despite the weather.
Needless to say Sunday, the last day, was a beautiful day.
Fingers were crossed in the Wee Jasper Public School classroom last Friday for a dumping of snow in the village. It didn't happen but the kids were lucky enough to spot a family of echidnas traversing the playground looking for shelter from the miserable weather.
The students are off to the snow this week with an overnight trip to Mount Selwyn and two days of ski lessons.
Wee Jasper is lucky to have an excellent relationship with the Cabramurra School, the highest school in Australia, where our students will camp overnight. This trip has been made possible with the assistance of the Wee Jasper P&C who thank the Wee Jasper and wider Yass Valley community for their continued support.