Trekking Tasmania! Week 2 Chair Exercise Team Virtual trek!!!
Saturday, February 01, 2014
Fortunately my tall boots laced up tight prevented me from getting any snake bites while trekking this week in Tasmania. I was sure there would be a snake behind every other boulder as we walked through The Walls Of Jerusalem bush. I actually saw only one snake and it was a good three feet from me, but there could have been one or more that I missed seeing, only because they were so good at being still when I passed by. Walking the boardwalk to Pencil Pine Falls a snake could have been slithering quietly underneath, hiding as well as the platypus, when they are in the water. One has to watch carefully for a ripple to see what lurks there beneath.
I did see a wombat and his or her scat which I picked up as a souvenir since I know I can't take any of the beautiful rocks home with me. I learned that ancient bushmen made dice out of the scat, and so I made my own by using a white out brush on each of its six sides. Yes I have other souvenirs, but I like natural things. I brought a piece of scat that isn't marked too. I think my grandsons will be impressed! The girls? Probably not so much. The wombats look so cute and cuddly, but unless they are hand-raised they can bite and be little rascals, not something you want to hold on your lap.
One of our group spotted a Wedge- Tailed eagle soaring in the sky when we visited Cradle Mountain. The eagle's wing span can be up to 2.5 metres, and it is the largest bird of prey in Australia. It was a joy to watch the eagle glide high overhead. It was probably hunting for rabbits it's major food source. It was so majestic and is now protected by the government when their numbers fell due to farmers hunting them.
I love to watch the birds and Australia has so many birds with such beautiful plumage.
This is my third trek in Australia and the others that I enjoyed involved camping which I love. This time however we have been riding in a bus from place to place and staying in bed and breakfasts and part of this week we stayed in Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge which is incredible. I have become a pampered camper! I love the walks through pristine parks where wild creatures live and wild flowers grow as they always have. The Tarkine Rainforest is the second largest in the world. It is a temperate rainforest that looks prehistoric with its mosslike cushion plants and tall tall trees. It was so green, and I was waiting to see a dinosaur somewhere on the track. Then to go back to the lodge, clean up, and submerge in the spa before dinner... well it was
heavenly. After a bit of a rest we then dressed for dinner and the food! Gourmet dinners or enjoying wonderful meals at the Bistro, YUM. I could learn to like visiting the spas of the world and their surrounds!!! Hitting the trail is fun, and yet at the end of the day it is good to come home to a comfortable bed, scrumptious food, and good company in the lap of luxury.
I'm going to spend a little time tonight going over the coming week's trek notes. I wonder what we will see and do next? I can hardly wait!