Monthly ArchiveSeptember 2007

Travels 05 Sep 2007 01:40 am

Tassie – Part 3

I’m sure there is some health standard dictating the maximum amount of hoof that is allowed to be included in a sausage, but apparently it hasn’t reached Tasmania yet. Or at the very least, hasn’t reached Lemonthyme Lodge. Breakfast was NASTY!

So we settled for loads of toast, and then headed out for a walk. Lemonthyme Lodge is the largest log cabin in the Southern Hemisphere, which, on first viewing, is a pretty impressive claim to fame. However, I don’t know if I could name another log cabin in the Southern Hemisphere, so don’t really know how impressive it actually is. What I was impressed by though, was the fact that it generates its own power. There’s a waterway that flows through the property, and the Lodge has its own hydro-electric generator (which is only the size of a garden shed) which generates enough power to run the entire setup, with pretty much zero environmental impact. Nice.

This leg of the trip was all about getting up to Cradle Mountain. The information book in our room told us that Cradle Mountain was up above the cloud line, and normally only gets decent viewing conditions on an average of 32 days a year. We were incredibly lucky then, as the sky was crystal clear, and rewarded us with the following:
Tassie Trip 07

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Travels 03 Sep 2007 01:12 pm

Tassie – Part 2

We woke fairly early today as there the day was going to cover a number of kilometres. The first point of call (given our location) was obviously “The Nut”. Having read in the travel books that there was a chairlift to get you to the top of this volcanic plug, I was fairly confident that it was going to be a nice easy walk.
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Travels 02 Sep 2007 12:21 pm

Tassie – Part 1

So the Tassie trip is finally underway! We flew into Launceston, overcast with heavy winds. We got off to a good start, with an upgrade on our hire car. We had booked the cheapest thing available, a Hyundai Getz, a bit like a sewing machine with wheels, but they had run out of stock and gave us a Nissan XTrail instead, a mid-size four wheel drive. Sweet.
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General 01 Sep 2007 01:07 am

Counting the hours…

Tomorrow we fly down to Tasmania for an 11 day holiday. The APEC summit is being held in Sydney this year, and the whole city will be in security meltdown – with the exception of the police jockeys, who won’t be on the beat due to the equine flu which has decimated the Australian horse racing industry.

Nonetheless, the security means a number of things. (A) If an “incident” occurs, chances are it will be during APEC, and (B) Even if “nothing” happens, it will be a complete pain in the bum, what with all the protesters, hightened security, road closures, mobile phone shutdowns, etc.

So we thought it was time for a holiday! And it actually turns out to be quite good, timing wise – because of the summit we get a public holiday, which co-incides with our first wedding anniversary. Sweet as!

We’ve just finished packing and will be leaving in the morrow. Will try to put a few posts up on the way. Very excited!