Lax in my blogging affords this trio has been on the move nearly every minute of this tour of Tasmania. Once in Hobart the Capital we spent two days walking block by block checking out the town and it’s history. The highlight was MONA the museum that was reached by ferry from Hobart. Now here’s a museum that will get you thinking WTF? Okay harsh words but really I think that’s what the owner of this museum would want youto think. There are really weird displays like a pile of broken glass that was thrown against a cement wall with live demonstrations daily? A really big machine that they feed daily from the restaurant that produces poop and farts, suppose to replicate the human digestive system quite funny when it farts everybody starts looking at each other.
Well if you hadn’t known Joy and I brought a friend along with us this year for a two week stint with us. And day three was camper van pick up day. To say the least our four berth camper looked a lot bigger on the internet! Lisa,Joy and I loaded up our over blown mini van and headed out it the country. Port Arthur our first stop and night we set up camp in a very crowded campground with not so friendly people in it. Well the mini camper was just getting smaller after we set up the beds. In campground there are showers as the showers in these minis aren’t really for taking a shower unless there is no other choices same for the toilet. We must have either been late or not a regular as our trek to the shower/toilet house was up hill our campsite usually a plus but under the trees and it’s cool her in Tasmania to start with we had the heater on in the camper.
Port Arthur a old prison site now a museum much like Longwood gardens the sun now high in the sky we were melting by lunch time. Day three found us in Swansea this should be the kite capital of Australia as the daily “easterly” wind could blow you away, our camp ground had beach access if you wanted a couple of layers of skin to be sandblasted off your body. The bath house just feet away and sunshine we were not complaining. Day four found us at a campground that resembled a daycare center when are school holidays over here anyway? Really we are camped next to a playground? Well we did get to see some wild Tasmanian Devils up close and the only way to do that is to drop a dead Wombat in a field and stand back. They are scavengers and eat what’s left over not very friendly critters making lots of noise and fighting while eating.
Day?? Five we traveled up the coast for a day at the lavender fields now here’s a snoozer, lavender is relaxing and standing in a 100 acre field of it doesn’t promote anything more than a nap. It was nice but after that the drive down to Ross I needed a coffee. Entering Ross and finally a real deal Australia old town we pulled into our campground set up camp. Now it must be almost Chinese New Year as a large family in three campers rolled in and had a full out Chinese dinner smelled great and after they finished up they scrubbed the kitchen down to like new condition wish we could have weaseled into their party.
Our final night found us a the walking wounded, Lisa got sun poisoning form the lavender field visit I had a sinus infection and Joy well ask her the next time you see her. We worked our way up into the Mount Fields National park for the grand finale setting up camp and our newest friend Adrian. Now Adrian is a happy bloke with a weird sense of humor and we were like old pals right off the bat. Adrian gave me a couple beers and gave Adrian a couple of beers and we were forgetting there was a campground to run or Joys forest bath to draw. Finally coming to our senses Adrian went around and visited other guest by 9:00 pm Joy had forgotten about her bath and had a shower. Lisa down for the count with sun poisoning Adrian said let’s do a hike to the falls with other campers. Well the only takers were a German couple and their 5 year old. Now it’s 9:30 pm and dark what could go wrong? Nothing! Adrian knew the forest we found the Glow Worms the Falls and two hours later we marched back into camp carrying the five year old and Adrian’s 8 year old daughter. I’ll never forget that hike and the dozens of animals we saw. Well this part of our trip wraps up with us flying to Cairns we kinda made a mistake and wasted a whole day in airports and returning campers but our trip carries on in Cairns!