Yesterday and today we have been on the trail of waterfalls. Yesterday we made it to Halls Falls in the Blue Tier area. Nice walk included a stop at the falls and then on to a rocky area above the falls and then up to an old weir (dam) which was built as part of the tin mining process in the early 1900s. Whoever built the trail had fun labelling natural objects including a green haired maiden (big rock covered with Kangaroo fern) and my favoite was the "old man of the forest".
|Old man of the Forest|
looks like "men" to me
|they claim only one man|
|THIS carried water???|
|spotted on walk|
anyone know what it is?
|St. Columba falls|
|fog shrouded falls|
|little guy watching us walk the trail|
|the landscape went from this|
|to views like this|
|the falls in full sun|
|raptor watching for lunch|
|WWI memorial trees preserved|
|Echidna spotted on ride|
So, Trox went for a ride late this afternoon and I was sitting inside Bunyip reading when someone's cell phone started ringing and kept ringing AND got louder and louder. Finally I looked outside to figure out who's bloody phone was playing the gawd awful song and out in the turn around at the end of the road was an ice cream truck! WOW! How cool was that?! AND! it had soft serve ice cream cones! YIPPEE!
|spotted this BIG pig (hog?) along the road|
he had 2 or 3 chicken friends
The Ides of March has come and gone and now it is St. Patrick's day. For the last few days (week maybe) we have been dawdling along the central east coast. We made it as far south on the Freycinet Peninsula as the roads go. Trox hiked up to the top and over to the Wineglass Bay. What beautiful water this is on both sides of the peninsula. The water is crystal clear and some beaches such as honeymoon bay have virtually no currents and are like swimming pools (although a little cold). And the beaches are wonderful to walk along.
|shells along the tide zone|
|walking along the water|
|lighthouse on Freycinet Peninsula|
We are now getting ready to leave the Freycinet National Park and head further south as we work our way down south towards the Tasman Peninsula and from there we may head north again.
Someone warned us that return tics on the ferry were hard to get on short notice so last time we had internet I booked our return tics. First date I could get was 18 April so that's when we have to head back to Melbourne. That leaves us a little over 4 weeks to finish TAS - we'll see.
We made a detour into Hobart and now we have a generator again! A brand new one in a box!! Hopefully this one will work better than the first one. On the drive into Hobart we stopped at a place called Spikey Beach with a Spikey Bridge built by convict labor.
We haven't made it beyond Sorell yet but will be heading further south today. The last few days have been lazy - don't do much type days. We spent time doing laundry, shopping, and restocking things like pancake mix. We also found a charming little town - Richmond - that we both enjoyed traipsing around. It is home to the oldest bridge (convict labor) in TAS still in use and some very old churches and buildings and cemeteries. There were lots of birds under and around the bridge.
|St. Johns Catholic Church|
oldest Catholic Church still in use in TAS
|Little Pied Cormorant (we think)|
|some kind of duck?|
|this kind of duck came in all colors!|
|the oldest bridge built in 1823|
Late yesterday we pulled into Fortescue Bay Campground. What a pretty site. The view from our spot last night was nothing great but this A.M. we moved to a site that is up and has a nice view of the bay. We will stay here at least 2 more nights. Last night we had a visitor on our roof who would dearly have loved to come in . Luckily Trox got the roof vent closed before he (a opposum? - probably) found it. The weather is supposed to turn windy and wet later today. Our location will give us a good view as the storm comes in. The new generator works great!
This morning Trox went for a walk and spotted a green Rosella who was happy to pose for his picture. The other day in Hobart he managed to photograph a whole flock of Eastern Rosellas feeding on something yummy on and under a log.
|yes, I'll pose (a Green Rosella)|
|two of 'em!|
|Eastern Rosellas feasting on something|
|THIS is a Robin!|