Dear Eve, Jack, Abby, Avery, Sammy, Katie, Autumn, Noah, Lily, Emma and Gabby,
We have been traveling so much and walking so much that I have almost worn a hole in the sole of my boot! LOL! No, not really, but this is wonderful country to walk through. We got to see a lot of animals up close in their own habitat – not like in a zoo. Here there are no fences. We even saw Tasmanian devils – they look cute, but have a bad temper and lots of teeth!
We saw some wombats too. Did you know that their poo is cube shaped? Really! The aboriginal tribesmen used to gather it and use it like dice for playing games, or so I’m told. I’ll try to send you some in the next souvenir box. What? Your mom won’t let you have it huh? Ok. That settles that.
Eve, I will send you some handmade paper, though. We stopped at Burnie where there is a really cool paper mill. The artists make handmade papers out of cool things like real Tasmanian apples and even roo poo (as in kangaroo). I bought a supply for my card making hobby and thought you might like some too.
This week we visited the Dismal Swamp – a large sinkhole in the Tarkine region of Tasmania. Think about the biggest water slide you’ve ever been on. Well, there is a slide here , bigger than any water slide you’ve ever seen! We slid down into the swamp area, then took one of four walking paths to explore this beautiful place. It isn’t dismal at all, so full of birds and animals like ring-tailed possums, pademelons, spotted-tail quoll, Tasmanian devils and some unique burrowing crayfish. That was fun!
Yesterday we took a river cruise on the Arthur River. It was a nice change of pace. We stopped at one place along the river and took a short hike through the cool temperature rainforest to an open spot where we were served a barbecue lunch. Then back to the river boat again to finish our cruise We stayed in cabins that night instead of in a hotel which was fun too.
Oh and we had digeridoo lessons. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make a sound with it! But this is what they sound like: youtu.be/DC9w4KWEgJE
We aren’t even halfway through our Trek yet so there will be lots more to come. I will write again soon my loves.
Loving and missing you,