IT was a less than happy Christmas season experience for many.
A decidedly unusual wet and cold 'Anti Summer' weather pattern gripped much of eastern NSW for most of the main holiday period, challenging the staying power of the usual camping crowds that had flocked to Lake Lyell and Lake Wallace. Even New Years Eve was deadly quiet around our area.
Predictably It wasn't until the weekend with most holidaymakers preparing to return to work that the real Summertime forecasts began to emerge. Such is life.
Hit and run
And another unpleasant festive season bummer. A Lithgow woman on a daily jog on the highway frontage footpath near Endeavour Park received a very nasty bite on the thigh from a dog that broke away from a woman pushing a baby stroller.
Adding insult to injury the dog's owner retrieved the animal and quickly fled the scene without a word, leaving the shaken victim to seek medical assistance.
After the event
IT took two deaths in a Wollangambe canyon near Mt Wilson for the National Parks to react to the danger posed by a lengthy wet spell. NPWS closed the canyon 'until further notice' and said the 'siphon' that sucked two women to their death was 'deceptive and would appear to canyoners as just small rapids'.
The location is, it was declared, 'extremely dangerous and will kill'.
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