A and I went for a walk/jog along the river trail this morning. The weather was actually very pleasant - although it's single figure temperatures overnight, it's probably 10 - 11 this morning, bright and sunny. The trail starts at a park near the water outlet from their hydro scheme here. In this tailrace, I spotted a seal playing! The walk takes in the wetlands along the edge of the Tamar river and it's a lovely place for a bit of exercise. Lots of ducks including a mother with 8 tiny newborns.
The drive out to Marapooka isn't too far and the latter part of it is nice, driving along valleys with green hills and farms and through several quaint villages. The cave itself is amazing. It is set in a rainforest which was worth a look in itself. The cave entrance is only small and follows the course of a small fast-flowing stream. Once inside, it opens out into a series of large caverns which climb and fall. The formations of stalactites and stalagmites in shades of red and white were beautiful in an ancient rock formation kind of way. The stream ran along beside or under us for part of the way and some chambers had lots of drips running. The noises echoed off the walls and made a cacophony of water sounds. At one stage, the guide turned all the lights off and sang some haunting motifs - a spiritual experience.
We drove back into Launceston for a brief walk about the main street and located the cinema where we went tonight for a movie. The B&B where we are staying, Trevallyn House, is very nice. The host, Janie, is great. Breakfast this morning was awesome, served in the dining room overlooking the river. We have decided to skip the east coast in favour of an extra night here.