Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Cruising on the Gordon River
Virtual Trek, week four, day three:
Day three and what a day we had yesterday but we all got a good night’s rest and are ready to go this morning. We actually had a choice today of whether we wanted to take sea plane or to take the river cruise, or do both….
St. John's Falls
I wanted to do both.....I gotta admit..soo, I did and so off we go in the seaplane and when we get back, we go on the cruise......or do we have to do the cruise early? I think we have time to do both and still get back in time to do some shopping......errrrrrrrr. stroll the streets of Strahan
The seaplane ride was awesome but then I expected nothing less. You could see for miles and miles in the seaplane and when he dropped us off at St. John Falls, I kept snapping photos and then some more; I didn’t want to leave but time was of the essence as we had to be back to go on the river cruise, so I did get back into the sea plane and we made it in plenty of time.
The river cruise was fantastic.....need I say more......*grin* sure, I could, but that just might get us in trouble.....okay,okay, I confess......it was me sprayed the captain with the bottle of water....but he was really cool about it....just grinned and took it in stride...guess he's never seen a bunch of Chair Exercisers in full strength and glory....I did apologize, for it actually was an accident, but then I guess he realized that and could tell from my stricken expression.....that I was really sorry and I would suspect that he has had to put up with worse tthan that.....on some of his river cruises........but ohhh, it was such a glorious day.....to go see the St. John Falls...for some reason, I keep wanting to call them St. Joan Falls and we all know that a saint I am not........ with all the trouble Ann and Millie have in keeping me out of trouble, yup, not a saint......but I do try to behave and be good.......some things are just inescapable.....
ohhhhhh, and the scenery...gotta say it's just incredible........and.......and......and..
...okay, words escape me......for the moment at least...
I was so ready to get back to Strahan and relax.......oh, wait........there is still a walk and shopping to be done......what can I say......my middle name is 'shopping'......or should that be 'get into trouble saint shopper .....ohhh, I forgot chocaholic...joan......'
Week Four, day four:
........On the road again........oh, wait, we get to stay here for a few more nights. oops. I am reallly lost.......yes, I am all packed and my things are in the trailer....just teasing you, Ann.....I know we are leaving Strahan this morning and head on to Queenstown......mining country....here we come.and I am really looking forward to the train ride. that will be such fun.......yes, I have my choccies with me, Jeannie.....Oh, Carol, look at that bird.............did you see it? just gorgeous.......are we going to see Lost Mines as well as the Mt. Lytell one?
no, I am not leaning out the window...yes, I have my arm in the van.....*grin* I am behaving myself this morning, for a change......*grin* :)
What? do I hear a snicker back there......? hey, I have to behave every once in awhile to throw every one off track.
the train ride
Week Four, Day five
What a beautiful day that has proven to be; as if it could be any other......this land is enchanted.....*grin* :) my head is spinning....and no wonder, just so many incredible sights and sounds to greet each day.....and I love it, every moment of it....:)
Nelson Falls and Franklin and Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
I love the nature walks,,,,,,,the Franklin River Nature Walk....so serene and so untouched.....and so gorgeous....did you have to take that pic of me falling in the water, CJ? What, you gave it to Bonnie for her book about us?? Oh, Well, I suppose every comic moment of me on this trip will be in there.but I won't be the only one, right, Bonnie? *grin* ;)
And then there was the short walk to Donaghy's Hill Lookout, which gave us a 360 degree view of the surrounding area
....including French Cap, which was awesome, but I agree with Ann, best to save that climb for another day......but I got some really awesome photos......wow!!
Then it is a walk to Nelson Falls...........wow!! just incredible......every falls we see, I think it is the best but then every new fall strikes me as even better.......I am just so blown away by the sheer beauty of Tassie..and the waterfalls and ......and.......and.......well, just everything.....*grin* :)
And then we are off to Lake St. Clair......wow, and we are not done yet...Derwent Bridge........can you say .....narrow.....but such fun..I love bridges......
Well, we saw Nelson Falls earlier and are in Derwent now, seeing all the gorgeous scenery around. We are staying here at the Derwent Bridge Hotel for tonight.....did you see those incredible carvings on The Wall, the incredible history of the Central Highlands carved from solid Huon Pine.........wow, that guy is so talented...and the carvings are so lifelike. I almost expected them to come to life.
Sooo, what are we having for dinner. I am hungry....*grin* well, of course, I am......I have not eaten in several hours, not even any choccies.....:) I am thinking some salmon would be really good..:)
Week four, day six:
As it turned out, Ann had to fly back to Queensland on an emergency trip, so we will just stay here over the next week and see how it goes. We would have have been here all weekend in any case, so we just all extended our visit here .
I think we will all hang out here till Ann returns....this is a wonderful place to just stay and spend some time....and what beautiful country ....I think we can find plenty to do while we spend our time here....:0
Russell Falls was just incredible.....I know that I keep saying that, but seriously.......this is absolutely awe inspiring...I really think it is the best one yet......:)
Lake Pedder Chalet where we will be staying for the next week or till Ann can return is a wonderful place to be stranded. I am loving the ambience and ohhhh, yeah......the pool
this place is just incredible......yeah, I know that Bonnie will be able to get some really good work on her novel done here......orrrrrrrrrrr, will she? only time will tell....after all, there really is a lot to see and do here.......awesome, incredible, wondrous....magical....you name it......it fits....
We sure do miss Ann, though…..*sigh*
The days just seem to flow by as we settled into our accommodations and resolved to make the best of our time here without Ann to keep us corralled. Millie is trying but she doesn’t have Ann’s whip to keep us in line…..*just kidding* we are actually pretty good, most of the time…..we just like to have fun…and we do, whatever we are doing …..
what an incredibly relaxing day.. this is so peaceful and serene. We have gone for walks and swam.........oh, swam a lot and enjoyed the pink sand ....what an amazing place to be ....
did someone say kayaking? Count me in…..just not too early, please….:)
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Virtual Tassie Trek, Week Four:
On the road again….and so we are…….*grin*
Monday, Day Two --
I had thought that we would all be more subdued this morning, considering we had to leave the Tarkine...but never fear......nothing keeps this bunch of chair exercisers down...we are all go get 'em and bring it on..whatever the next 'whatever' may be.....and since Ann is our tour guide and leader, you know whatever 'it' is, it is gonna be a doozy.......wow, did I say doozy.......this is incredible.......I can't remember ever walking over such a high bridge.....wait.....we did lots of high stuff last year......so yep, all vitals intact, and I am good to go...... First stop was Rosebery, then on to a three hour return walk to Montezuma Falls and the bridge, which is 105 km high but actually seems much, much higher. The Falls is the highest falls in Tassie and I can believe it..
Video which shows the bridge and the falls and also includes bonus footage of Russell Falls, which we will see later on in the week. (more about that later on in the week)
wow, what an incredible view......CJ, quit shaking the bridge......*grin* :) that wasn't me, Moon, it was CJ......;)
and what an incredible walk......easy one too....*grin* kinda woke me up to do that first thing.....:)
And those falls were just incredible….
Here is a link to a blog from someone who actually walked this track with a wee bit of history thrown in , which is always nice.
On the walk we are surrounded by leatherwood, myrtle, sassafras, giant tree ferns and eye-catching fungi and the truth is, those fungi are brilliantly colored. I wish that I were a painter, for photos just don't do these forests justice.
Of course, we saw and heard several birds along the way; one was White’s thrush, which is a medium-sized and speckled brown and white ground dwelling bird which forages on the rainforest floor and, when disturbed, flies only a short distance before settling again, so we were able to get good looks at several of those, even though they were quiet.
We kept singing the Kookaburra Song, which is, of course, stuck in our brains...*grin*
A link to 4 wheel drive way to the Montezuma Falls
Hang on tight... for this is a bumpy ride.... *wow* now that felt like the bumpy road back to the holler, my old home place, where I was born.
okay, okay, I am ready to head on......where to next, Fearless leaders, Ann and Millie?
Oh, yes, I see by the map that we are headed to Zeehan where we get to see the legendary Gaiety Theatre where it is said that Houdini and Nellie Melba once appeared. .. I am looking forward to that as well as the Pioneer Museum. It sounds like an interesting old mining town –gems and minerals and old railroad cars……what more do we need? Oh, yeah, food, but never fear, we always manage to get that..*grin* Ann knows she would have a riot on her hands if we went too long without food to keep our strength up to do all this walking we are doing.*grin*
The theatre was really interesting and the atmosphere made us all feel as if Houdini were right there with us, or maybe it was Nellie Melba. All I’m saying is….”Who tapped me on the shoulder and then giggled?” well, it couldn’t have been Houdini, for I doubt he would have sounded like that. *grin* * -- ghostly shivers*
Link to the Grand Opening of the Gaiety Theatre; would have loved to have been there for that, for it looks as if it were a grand event.
We head on out, hitting several small hamlets along the coast, one of which is Trial Harbor; not much there, but it is an interesting place, nevertheless,a nd the view of the ocean is breathtaking.....I can sit and gaze at the ocean forever....but I best get a move on or I will be left behind here. Not that it would be a bad thing, for there is something here that moves me.
Next was Granville Harbour, which like Trial Harbour, is just a fishing village and vacation spot, more or less; It was originally settled as a soldier settlement area at the end of World War 1; however, today it only has a few permanent residents and numerous holiday cabins. We were told that the fishing is excellent, but we had no time to try it out, for we had miles to go yet, before we could sleep. Well, more to do besides sleep, as you well know if you have been keeping up with us… Still, it was an interesting little hamlet and I can well see why people come here on vacation. Wild and desolate and yet, with a haunting beauty that seeps into your soul.
Back to Zeehan and on we go to Strahan, which is our stop for the night. We will be staying in the Franklin Manor for two nights, so that we can explore the surrounding country side, which is incredibly beautiful anyway you look at it…and we got a personal close up view of it. It has been said that Strahan is one of the loneliest places on earth, and if I were out here alone, I could believe it, for it is desolate and wild, and yet….and yet, there is something incredibly fascinating about this land that draws you in and lures you to return again and again. That said, Franklin Manor is very comfortable and we enjoyed our stay here immensely.
I think I will let this stand as is for now, and continue it on another day, for all this walking and sightseeing has worn me out, and besides, it seems to me that it is time to eat, but I could be mistaken about that..I often am……and if so, I am sure that someone will let me know. *grin* of course, there are always some choccies and some fruit…..so never fear, no way am I going to go hungry on this journey.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
This Blog entry will be a bit long, for it covers such an amazing place, the Tarkine Forest.
I feel blessed to have been able to have traveled here, if only virtually. It is a place that gets into your heart and under your s skin.
Day Four, Week Three, 2/5/14: The Tarkine in all its glory and beauty
I plan on trying to get all of the rest of the week three into this one blog, so bear with me… since we will be in the Tarkine during this period.
**notes from my journal about what Ann, our fearless leader, told us last night about our journey today, just as a footnote to get a perspective on what happened and our reactions to our day today:
“we will start early tomorrow - the road is only about 75miles but its unsurfaced most of the way, can be rough with water over it (no crocodiles here though!!) and has some very sharp bends - its narrow too - but fortunately there is little traffic.
Just north of Corinna at the base of Mount Donaldson, the road has many steep climbs and bridged river crossings.From 1850-90, prospectors panned for gold in creeks and rivers in the region. In 1883, a 7.45 kg nugget was found at Whyte River, and a 4.45 kg nugget was found a month later.
Legend has it that these discoveries, the largest ever in Tasmania, were imported from Ballarat in order to stake a mining claim. Water races were installed for up to 6 km to feed hydraulic sluices in the 1890’s. A water race can still be seen about 10km north of Corinna.
If we are lucky we will have time to "play" at prospecting - there are some metal detecters in the trailer - but I am guessing we won't be the first to try!!
You just never know what is washed out in the rains though!!
Tomorrow night at Corinna.”
So we all got to bed early so that we could get an early start in the morning, cause from the sound of that road the way that Ann described it, we were gonna need the extra time.
Bumpity, bumpity bumpity.......wow!! hang on tight! this road is rough and windy.....*grin* but it will be soooo worth it........wheee!! ooops. sorrry, CJ, that one almost got me. but I am okay now.. :0
Okay, so it was not nearly as bumpy as we acted like it was, but we had a lot of fun with it and teasing Ann about her driving over the ‘bumpy’ road.
*grin* at least it is not as bad as this one..... we really would be c omplaining....
It really wasn't that bad, Ann.....we do like to take on a bit.....don't we?this is the actual road, the Western Explorer -- to me, this is actually not all that bad since I am used to some of the back roads in Arkansas.
*grin* :0 did you say mining? I think we can all say that we are ready to do some mining...putting on my prospector hat....;)
Ann had to explain to us that we would not be mining for gold in that manner, but using a metal detector. We were all interested in that fact and once we stopped, had to all try our luck.
After several minutes of trying out the metal detectors, “ahh, the modern way of panning for gold......this should be fun..:) how did you say this works again.....I've not found any gold yet....:(
oh, look at that bird, CJ.....*swipes a nugget out of CJ's pan*......*giggles and puts it back* *looks innocent*
After much giggling and using the metal detectors without any real luck, (the one in CJ ‘s pan was actually tiny, but still a find, so she was happy), we moved on with our journey and ended up at Corinna for the night,
The climb up Mt. Donaldson was utterly fantastic; I never get tired of this beautiful country in all its aspects. It was a moderate walk through the forest onto the open button grass ridge up to the summit, where we had an eagle's eye view of the Pieman River, the rainforest valleys of the Donaldson River, the Tarkine’s deep interior, and the Southern Ocean to the west.
It was just incredible, needless to say. The Long Back Hike was a much shorter one, only thirty minutes from start to return, but felt as if we were walking where no man had ever trod, for all around us, the trees stood where they had fallen and there was a eerie stillness that would have been disquieting anywhere else, but here it felt right.
Still, even though the walk felt good to all of us after the ‘bruising’ ride *grin*;) and we certainly enjoyed it, we were certainly ready and willing to put down some roots in Corrina, since we would be staying here two nights. Lovely place and cabins and I fell in love with this quaint little town.
We ended up eating dinner at the Tannin Restaurant which had smashing good food, which according to the waitress and the menu, uses mostly local ingredients. I just had to have one of the chicken Pieman pies Really great and definitely filling. I think we all enjoyed that, and since we had been hiking, the calories were free….well, after all, they were virtual. *grin*
Thursday in reflection: I was so laid back and relaxed that I didn’t post anything..what can I say? Everyone needs a day off now and again, but never fear, I will post some piccies of our time today:
The river cruise was just incredible and so much fun.
The skipper provided commentary on the unique history, flora and fauna, and takes the Arcadia close enough to the banks for guests to actually touch the ancient rainforest, including many specimens of huon pine. On the journey, it is not uncommon to see platypus and sea eagles, and always possible to see the rare and endangered slender tree fern.
That night we had a BBQ and we all sang around the campfire and music to boot. What a wonderful night with lots of great memories of the day. I love this country.
more about the Corinna area: www.corinna.com.au/
be sure and check out the little wilderness experience videos that are included on this page. They are just incredible and give you an enchanting picture of the Tarkine around Corinna.
Day ……hmm, what day is it? I’ve lost count, but I know we are going deeper into the Tarkine today....
so we have to leave this enchanted little town of Corinna and head deeper into the Tarkine. Oh, yeah, it’s Friday….*grin*
We have to take a barge, which is called the Fatman Barge, across the river. We just drove on and it seemed mere seconds before we were on the other side,
this video actually gives you a great idea of the road that we were driving on earlier, just how bumpy and winding it is...*grin* :)
This past week has been so incredible.....words just do not even come close to describing it......though we sure have tried, but it has been so relaxing and I suspect the rest of the week will be as well, for we are going even deeper into the Tarkine forest......and ohhhhh, the sights we will see and the sounds ..........just amazing......that river cruise yesterday was so much fun........there is nothing more relaxing and nothing that gives you a bird or fish eye's view as a river cruise..........I am so laid back...but I am so looking forward to the Tarkine Forest Hideaway Retreat........the brochure on it is so descriptive., Yes, Jeannie, you can have some of my choccies....I can't believe that JaoTao and Carol are being so quiet....but then again, maybe it's just that they are so in awe of this pristine land and who could blame them, for I know that I certainly am.
The Tarkine Rainforest Retreat
The days are beginning to glide into one another, since we are so deep in the Tarkine and it feels as if we are at the beginning of time. . My mind is spinning, not from an overload of exercise....for every time we walk here, it is like being in an enchanted forest..the sounds of the birds and other wildlife is just amazing and such an incredible variety.....Wow!! I love the different sounds of the different birds bursting into song at different times of day.....it is just amazing..and yeah, I am so happy that we get to spend more time here for I have a feeling that even when it comes time to leave, we won't want to go....
I am so happy that they have a cd which reflects the sounds of the Tarkine at different times of the day.......it will be such a treasured memory.....once we get back home....
and the walks.......oh, the walks..........I feel as if I am back at the dawn of time......and it seems as if there is a sacredness about this place......just incredible....
Tarkine rain forest mushrooms on the forest floor
only one of the many many varieties of mushrooms and fungi
Actually this concludes week three, but since we still have one more day in the Tarkine before we have to leave, I am going to include our last day here, which is on Sunday, day one of Week Four. *grin* so actually I get to be a wee bit ahead, but not really ….. I seem to be always a bit behind, but I promise I am not lost on the actuall virtual journey, though I must admit that Ann and Millie have their hands full keeping up with this bunch; Good thing she has that virtual whip to keep us all in line. Must get in bed early as we have an all day hike tomorrow which promises to be exceptional, but then all the treks and hikes have been so far.
Sunday: Day one, week four –
I loved the walk today; it is so interesting to hear all the bird song and at times, listen to almost nothing, but there are sounds if you are quiet enough to really hear.....I am so loving this.....*wail* I don't wanna go home.....Heck, I don't wanna leave this place *big sigh* :( but, yeah, I know we have to..sure glad that I wore my swim suit underneath my clothes today, for that swim place was just so clear and pristine.....did you see those rocks on the bottom? They were so interesting, but I was good and didn't pick up any .....I know, I know..leave it as we found it.....except for one very important feature.....I have a feeling a part of us, and a very big part of our hearts will be always remain here.....*splashing Ann*......ha ha, betcha can't catch me.....oh, wait.....not such a good idea.....you have the whip......okay, okay, I promise no more silliness...I can't wait to see what we are having for dinner...what? well, yeah, I had some of the BBQ but hey, I worked it all off.....and we still gotta walk back to our camp site....and they promised they would have something really scrumptious for our last night here.....I can hardly wait.....*grin* hey, no fair....I wasn't looking....that's really my bad side......now this..... would make a much better picture.....don't you think?
I so don't wanna leave....but my bags are all packed, I know we have to leave early in the morning.......but I so don't wanna leave...
Ohhh, Ann, did you have to sing that particular song....the Kookaburra Song…..it makes me want to cry, cause it has so many memories .....but I do love it and it does make me smile as well......quite a conundrum there....but so true.....*grin* :)
And just for fun and to let you see what an incredible time we had in the Tarkine Forest and what a very special and unique place it is, I have included a few extra links for you to enjoy. Just be careful—you may well fall in love with it as well.
Traveling in the Tarkine:
Save the Tarkine:
Saturday, February 08, 2014
Rhododendrens near Burnie
Day One, Sunday, 2/2/14:
all packed and ready to head out ...what a day today promises to be......I can hardly wait to experience all that today as well as the rest of the week has in store for us.....wow, you are right , Bonnie, this week promises to be an all out sensory experience in so many ways.
As always we hit the ground running, for we have lots of ground to cover. And we're off.........to Ulverstone.....:) www.discovertasmania.com.au/about/regions-
of-tasmania/north-west-coast I got the map......now I can see where we are going....wheeeee! got my camera ready as well, cause I plan on taking oodles of photos.
Later, much later……*grin*
Do you really expect me to write while I am running from place to place, trying to keep up with CJ, Carol, Bonnie, Jeannie, Moon, and….well, all the rest….no wonder I am panting…*grin* :0 those gals have some serious energy….
wow!! I am just exhausted......*grin* you wore me out, Ann...well, no..I did it to myself but there was just so much to see and do that I just couldn't help myself. I loved every thing today.....
.the wild life park
ln9X1Jc ....the cute cuddly animals, and noooooooooo, I did not put any in my back pack, only some stuffed animals which I ended up shipping home....for gifts..
oh and stopping at the town of Penguin, which is a really interesting little town, with actually lots to do....check out these photos
the old railroad station and the old Penguin gaol.
Of course, we all had to have our photos made with the Big Penguin and believe you me, that is one big penguin.
And of course, we could not pass the Penguin marketplace by without doing our duty by buying .....*grin* :)
Then, on to Burnie, another interesting town, though it is actually the 4th largest city in Tassie.
a great you tube video on the city of Burnie:
an incredible blog about visiting Burnie and its surrounds: heneedsfood.com/2014/02/visit
ing-burnie-and-its-surrounds reading this certainly made me hungry as well as devouring the incredible views.
we stayed at the Ikon Hotel, www.ikonhotel.com.au/
so we got checked in and got settled, then headed out to do some major sight seeing. It was an incredible day.
Well, of course, we had to visit Creative Paper Tasmania, the paper crafts and paper factory....I got several different kinds....shhh, I got one made of roo poo for Moon, who just couldn't resist giving me dice made of wombat poo.....*grin* but of course, it is perfectly gorgeous as are all the other samples of paper products that I got....that was so cool watching them make the different papers; I have tried it a time or two, but never really got into it, but it looks like it would be fun and an interesting way to have some different papers for cards and scrapbooking....I am with you, Bonnie, on that..........
Next stop was the Hellyers Whiskey Distillery.....now that was really interesting to see how they age and how they make the whiskey.....I even took a sample.....just a wee tiny sip, cause it had a powerful kick. *grin* not something that I will likely be buying any time soon, methinks.
Then, we are off to the Lactos Cheese Shop and Factory, where, of course, we took advantage of the free samplings... That is really good cheese. We even got extra to put in our refrigerator in the trailer which carries all the luggage. Needless to say, by now, it is getting pretty full, but we go through the food pretty quickly. Well, of course, we do.......*grin* what do you expect? we are doing a whole lot of walking..so we work up an appetite pretty quickly.
I think one of the most interesting places that we visited was the Maker's Workshop, which honours Burnie’s history, makers, innovators and artists.
A very new addition to Burnie, it is part contemporary museum, part arts centre and visitor information centre. The building won the Tasmanian Architectural Award in May 2010.
Do I need to say that we spent a lot of money here? yeah, I thought not..*grin* :
..now, where am I? Oh, yeah, even with all the tasting today, I am still hungry....think I will have a bite of dark choccie and a bite of cheese and some tea before toddling off to bed......*grin* :)
Day Two, Week Three, Monday, 2/314:
Morning, Jeannie. Wanna share those croissants and marmalade this morning.....? *grin* you know me and my nonstop hungries.......:) we gotta hit the ground running this morning..cause Ann has some super stops planned and we have miles to go before we sleep.....*grin*:) First stop Wineyard and those yummy looking lobster rolls we are getting for our lunches later......you sure we wanna wait that long before we eat them.? ahhh, well, I am having plenty for brekkie, so I will wait......*grin* :0 and the Wonders of Wineyard exhibition centre -- lots to see there, then it's back in our 'Tassie People Mover' and head to Rocky Cape National Park. We may have planned to only make a quick visit to the Rocky Cape lighthouse with its sweeping views, but there was so much more to see . Highlights:
"Aboriginal heritage, ship wrecks, rock formations turned sideways, beautiful hills running down to the sea and an incredible variety of flowering plants. It makes the many corners of this small park worth closer inspection. "
....and on to Dip Falls/Dip River. From the brochure, it looks fantastic,
I don't think that I've even seen one quite like that before.....ohhhhh, and then we are just getting started..........okay, okay......I am shutting my mouth only to open it again to finish eating my croissants and marmalade.......and drink my tea.......no coffee for me this morning. I think I am already wound up.......Wheeeeeeeee!! ;)
a must see on our whirlwind tour today was the tulip fields
Tulip fields near Wynward
This is where we got our lobster rolls that we had to save for later.....good thing we have that refrigerator in the back trailer or they never would have lasted......Just sayin' ......*grin* :)
Again, later, much later…what can I say…my feet just keep on going and my mind is way far behind, still in each locale we have stopped at, and there were so many jewels to be treasured. My mind just boggles at the sheer beauty and wonder of this island.
What an amazing day we have had today......wow!! as if the chair lifts were not enough in Stanley, then we slid down a slide in The Dismal Swamp...wow!
yeah, you heard me screaming......not with fright, but excitement and exhilaration.....what fun that was..... and Marrawah.did you see all those surfers.........wow, made me want to get out there and try it myself.....but alas no time......*grin*;0 that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it....trying to catch my breath.....we went to the store and stocked up on some goodies.....for the next couple days......this is going to be such fun......ohhh, I just have to mention the King's Run Wildlife Tour.......now that was so interesting to see the Tasmanian devils in the wild and in their natural habitat.
Oh, and the Seaquarium earlier.......wow, that was really interesting.
Yep, I got a photo of the Edge of the World sign...
there is actually more to it, but wasn't able to get all of it in the shot...but here is a pic of the Edge of The World Sign pointing to The Edge of the World...*grin* :)
....now that is beautiful...as you said, Moon, pure poetry.......and what a view...I did not want to get down from there, and CJ had to pry me away with promises of choccies later...*grin* well, I knew it was time to go anyways, but choccies get me every time....*grin* :)
Day Three, Week Three, Tuesday, 2/4/14:
Ann filled us in on what we would be doing today, as well as telling us about two raptors that we would be seeing today. “The wedge tailed eagle is Australia's biggest living bird of pray, slightly bigger than your Bald Eagle - and one of the biggest in the world - to see them at close quarters in the wild is awe inspiring and maybe slightly frightening!!
A Wedge Tailed eagle picture -
Facts about the Tassie Wedge Tail -
Sea Eagle Taking Flight
Facts about the Sea Eagle -- www.parks.tas.gov.au/indeX.as
I think Ann could well be a tour guide; she certainly has outdone herself with our tour in Tassie, so far…and I know that it will only get better. Well, you know…every day we think that it is so outstanding and that it just couldn’t get any better, but sure enough, the very next day, it is ….even better.
joining in with Moon, singing, but then realize that I am missing out on some gorgeous scenery and the unique sounds of the Tarkine......I take a lot of pictures but mostly sit in awe at the incredible scenery that is in front of me. How in the world can "they" make a decision to take this off the World Heritage List is beyond me......this is a unique and one of a a kind environment and should be protected.....it is not only a national treasure but a world treasure as well.
Putting more sun tan lotion and adjusting my sun glasses so that I can see better. This is wonderful; Bonnie is busy writing details down in her journal and I will do that later., but for now, I am content to just be here in the Tarkine.
CJ and Jeannie are hanging over the side of the boat, trying to get a closer look at something they saw in the water.....Ann gets out her whip to try to corral us all.....*grin*;)
They serve us morning tea, while we enjoy the ambience of the Arthur River. Oh, look at all the coastal heath, eucalyptus, wattles and oh, look at the sea eagles diving for fish.. is that a platypus....I thought they were supposed to be more solitary creatures......but then here in the Tarkine, it is pretty wild and pristine and I guess they feel safe here.
There is a 2-hour stop at Turk’s Landing, where we experienced an easy grade guided walk though the pristine Tarkine rainforests with our tour guide. Upon return to our magical camp among the trees, we were served a barbecue lunch accompanied by a selection of fresh salads, bread rolls and wine. Wow, what ambience and what an experience.
Still, there is more......lots more fun when we head back on the river ...poetry readings, didgeridoo lessons.... yay!! I have to wonder though how that affects the wild life....but I loved the didgeridoo lessons from last time. and the didgeridoo boys...who could forget them.....they were just incredible taking time out of their lives to teach us all to play the didgeridoo.....oh, and face painting....Of course, I got my face painted....what fun....*grin* yep, I got lots of pictures of that...*sneaky grin* ;)
Talk about relaxing.......this is really nice and I am so enjoying it.....:)
Ssshhh, don’t tell Moon, but that was Bonnie playing the guitar and me playing the didgeridoo…..*grin* now if Jackie had her instrument here, we could put on a full scale performance and maybe get some extra cash that way….hey, considering we are spending money like it is going out of style , a little extra would not hurt. Actually, when I think about it, I am being way more conservative than on the OZ trip for there were all those pearls, diamonds, and opals to think about….and who could forget mining for opals…..now that was an incredible experience……at any rate, ….. I best get to bed soon and dream of being in the Tarkine…..:)
What an incredible three days and the week has just begun; still more to see over the next four days as we head into the Tarkine. That is such an incredible rainforest......so many animals and so many birds....I am so looking forward to tomorrow....okay, okay. yeah, yeah, I know....that I am behind and that in the actual trek, we are actually on day six and seven, so I still have some catching up to do....but believe me, it will be worth the wait......*grin* ;) not my writing, silly........what I will be writing about......the Tarkine. I do not expect any one to actually believe that what I write is 'breahtless prose' though I gotta admit at times it does seem as if it was written that way.....*grin* :)
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Thursday, 1/30/14, Day Five:
I have to tell you that I am so grateful that we are staying here at the lodge, for I have hit the spa every night so far. I gotta tell you that this is the life. It was especially soothing after the Walls of Jerusalem Bush Walk, even though I loved it, but it had been awhile and everything hurt....well, okay being a bit over the top. there.but you know what I mean. Then yesterday was so nice, a peaceful walk, nice and easy to the Enchanted Track …of course, the animals are always a big draw for all of us…. the animals......wellllllll, you know how I Iove animals......I am so happy that the devils on this side of the island are not the ones threatened with that horrific disease; these were all healthy and playful, and no, not even for my son, would I put one of those in my backpacks....they have a scary sounding howl, not sure even how to describe it, but believe me, it was hair raising. Plus rumor has it that they have a incredibly foul temper.....it's so not like that playful funny TAZ cartoon character, that my son used to love, but now has decided that he is way too old for......hey, I say you are never too old for cartoons.....right? right! *grin*
cute critter till he opens his mouth
Oh, and the night with the animals.that was just incredible....I understand that we could not touch but it sure was an interesting and knowledge-building ride, nonetheless.
Day Six, Friday, 1/31/14:
Last night, needless to say, I ate way too much, but made up for it today with our walk to Cradle Mountain. The views were just incredible and it was so cool that we got to eat our lunches on the summit of Cradle Mountain. This was just wonderful, and so awe inspiring. Oh, and the views ......outstanding...let's just say that I got tons and tons of photos today.
Dove Lake area
Cradle Mountain area
We took the shuttle bus to Dove Lake Car Park, where we followed the Overland Track to just past the Kitchen Hut...and then took he Cradle Mountain Summit track. After we reached the top with its incredible views and vistas and overwhelming scenery, and eating out lunch, we headed back down the track where we picked up on the Face Track (interesting name for a track,yes?) and then on down to the car park, where we all climbed back onto the shuttle and headed for the lodge and another visit to the spa. I am so happy that we are staying here till Sunday....what fun, and what luxury....splashing CJ and Bonnie and Jeannie* water fight, anyone? *grin* uh oh, here comes Ann and Millie.....best behave now....*sneaky grin*
Interesting blog about the dolerite formations found here:
Saturday -- Day 7
Today was so relaxing and we took advantage of it...though we still managed to sneak in a couple walks, one to the Enchanted Walk, which is gorgeous....and fascinating as well. I even managed to talk several of the others into going with me....CJ, Bonnie, Carol, and Jeannie, among others. We saw several wombats, wallabies and Echidna, who though we walked right past them, well, first, we stopped and took some photos, and simply watched them eat, but they were apparently not afraid of us and continued on with what they were doing. Very moving, in fact, even though Moon kept wanting to get some of the wombat poo, having read that the Aborginals used them for dice. She kept trying to give on to me, but I told her 'no, thank you.' Somehow, I am not in the mood for dice.:) We did get back just in time for morning tea, which was really great.....and hit the spot......you know me and food, and after walking, I was ready for it. We left out early, so it was past time for me to eat something. *grin* ;)
The other walk was to the Visitor Centre and Interpretation Centre, where we found out more about the park itself and about the walks to learn more about the aborigial culture and how they reacted with the environment here. Truly a fascinating afternoon but we were all ready to get back to the lodge in time for afternoon tea and to spend more time in the spa.
Needless to say, we are well rested and ready for the new week tomorrow. My gear is all packed and after a good night's rest...we will head out again in the morning. Tonight, though, we still have to eat dinner..Yeah, yeah, I know.....after morning tea and afternoon tea, how could I possibly be hungry, but I am......*grin* :)
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