HUNTER/PATERSON RIVER CRUISE TIME

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HUNTER/PATERSON RIVER CRUISE TIME

Postby don47 » Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:34 am

This weekend coming, the !st-2nd Nov.
This is a mast down, shade up, motor cruise. (make sure your fuel tank is full).
Meet (am) at Morpeth (Historic Town, one of Australia's earliest ports) for an explore about town before departing shortly after lunch for an up river adventure which takes us up the Paterson River to Paterson and our overnight in sandy shallows.
Dinner at the old Paterson Tavern (Rib eye night-$15, plenty other choice, great tucker) and a few ales.
Breakfast next morning at a Café, B & B (the old CBC), BBQ in the shady, well grassed park beside us or on your boat.
The river winds itself up thru some beautiful countryside and scenery. We pass under a number of old significant bridges as well.
Visit historic pub at Hinton on our way back if time allows before a parting coffee in Morpeth.
Other details in the Careel Newsletter. See ya there !
Don.

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Re: HUNTER/PATERSON RIVER CRUISE TIME

Postby maxm » Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:31 pm

Haven't been to Paterson yet but Morpeth is a lovely little town with some good cafes and eateries. The day we went we got there too late too grab some of the sourdough from the old Arnott's bakery (sold out!) but you guys should be able to grab some.
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Re: HUNTER/PATERSON RIVER CRUISE TIME

Postby don47 » Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:47 am

Yes that sourdough is good Max, bit exxy but beaut crusty stuff ! The old Arnott's shop is where they originally started out from & the old orig. ovens are still there on location.
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Re: HUNTER/PATERSON RIVER CRUISE TIME

Postby don47 » Tue Nov 04, 2014 4:43 am

Those who attended the above cruise would agree that we had a marvelous time even though both days became a little different from the proposed because of heavy gusty winds at the Morpeth b/ramp and later an evening storm at Paterson.
Eight 18's turned up and by mid afternoon after visiting the historic township we then as a group decided to drive to Paterson where we parked up in the lovely surrounds of Tucker Park above the river we were to be in. The winds were still gusting as we prepared our ourselves and boats for the evening ashore and an approaching storm. That done, some ventured to the local for a refreshing ale while others had a dip in the river to escape the heat of the day.
Dinner at the old Paterson Tavern was very good, especially considering that it had to be prepared while the town of Paterson was blacked out totally by the storm which had pasted us quite rapidly and with little rainfall.
Next morning after some breakfast and finally getting Bob and some other sleepy heads up and moving (ha, ha), we dropped the boats into the river utilising a long steep concreted ramp three K's to the south of town. This proved to be a little exciting for particularly a couple with only two wheel drive. We then travelled down stream to Hinton and its old hotel passing under a number of old historic bridges and through some spectacular scenery.
Later, after a late lunch we returned and retrieved. The retrieval again saw a whisker of excitement being had when one of our number was knocked almost into the bushes beside the ramp due to another accelerating quickly up the steep incline.
All in all, a great fun time had !
Thankyou to all those who attended, most of you had travelled a good distance to take part. I know you enjoyed yourselves from the comments made.
The boss and I enjoyed your company.
Don.


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