Thursday, August 31, 2006

31 - August 2006

The biggest highlight of today was calling home this morning--even if Sadie had very little to say! We really miss you guys and loved hearing your voices.

The day started out overcast and chilly, but as soon as we started hiking ("trekking"), out popped the blue skies and bright sun (we instantly regretted our long-sleeved attire)! Our first destination was the Wineglass Bay Lookout. The trail ("track") wasn't too long, but it was more strenuous than we anticipated, so we quickly abandoned any thoughts about hiking all the way to Wineglass Beach itself (I love having "the baby" to blame for wanting to take it easy!). The view was fabulous (Wineglass Bay is quite likely the most photographed image in Tasmania, and the beach is considered one of the top ten beaches in the world), and we met several friendly folks along the way (oddly enough, we haven't yet encountered any other Americans in Tassie--it seems most visitors are from Mainland Australia, New Zealand, or Europe).

Then we set out beach hopping. Each beach along the Freycinet Peninsula is incredible, and each is so unique despite how very close they are! One will have the whitest sand you've ever seen and the next will be richly golden; another will be pebbly and the next rocky. The water never looks the same, either--sometimes it's a bright aqua, sometimes it's a rich jade, and sometimes it's nearly colorless. Even the shells vary dramatically from beach to beach. But two things are consistent: the water is always so clear that you can see every detail under the surface, and the beaches are always pristine (often ours were the only human footsteps to be found). We covered Honeymoon Bay, Richardson's Beach, and Sleepy Bay, where we hiked to perhaps the most perfect and perfectly unforgettable beach there ever was: Little Gravelly Beach.

Incidentally, we had most all of the beaches entirely to ourselves today. Between the privacy, the relaxed pace, and the ideal weather, we're thinking there may be no better time of year to visit this state. And we've certainly never enjoyed more spectacular scenery--we're hooked on Tasmania!

On our way back from Cape Tourville Lighthouse this afternoon, we caught a wallaby on camera for your viewing pleasure:

We didn't want to dine at the lodge tonight (last night's meal was an overpriced disappointment), so we headed to Coles Bay (just outside the park) and lucked into a hole-in-the-wall market called Iluka attached to a hole-in-the-wall eaterie called Jus Food. We ordered fish and chips and picked up Tasmanian sodas (from Cascade Brewery in Hobart) and original Tim Tams for dessert (we wanted to know what the hype is all about). The woman at the counter piled up two huge, piping-hot orders of fish and chips with lemon slices onto a piece of butcher paper and wrapped it in newspaper for us. We headed across the street with our warm bundle to Muirs Beach to eat by sunset. Never have we shared a more relaxed, romantic, and crazy-delicious meal! And it was all to be had for about $15 AUD. (Oh, but the Tim Tam hype? 'Fraid we just don't get it!)

(Note: Internet connections have proven hard to come by in some of the more remote areas we're visiting. We're doing our best to stay in touch every day, but sometimes we'll have to hold our daily entries and post several at once when we finally get a reliable you might need to keep scrolling!)


Amson said...

Your dinner sounded perfect last night! Alisa I love your hair that length. Samuel has been helping me map the adventure and he too loved that Herbie was on vacation! I loved all the great pictures! Have a great weekend :)

6:01 AM  
JenLouie said...

It's been far too long since I last talked to you guys, and now you're on the other side of the world! What fun to read about your adventures, sounds like you're having a wonderful time. Alisa, you MUST get me up to speed on things, did I read hint of big news I hadn't heard about, or were you kidding? Anyway, have an amazing trip, and let's catch up when you're back in the states.

6:46 AM  
Dina said...

I'm so jealous!! That's really all I have to say.

Just kidding - it looks like you guys are having such a great time in a beautiful place!! The beaches look like nothing I've ever seen before!

And Alisa, why didn't you ever tell us what a He-Man Mike is?!:)


3:53 PM  
grandmadad said...

Happy 11th Anniversary! Thank you for the marvelous dinner at the Lark Creek Inn! Everything was wonderful, but we were suprised to see all of the police cars surrounding your house when we returned. We found Ruthie & Gary tied up in the closet and Sawyer & Sadie partying the night away!

Sawyer says, "Grandma is driving me crazy. Sadie is being the same. Granddad is being better. Sadie made a day that drived me and Granddad crazy. I got a Justice League chess board and pieces. Bon Voyage!"

Sadie says, "Mama is nice. Mama and Papa are nice to each other. Mama and Papa love each other. Love Mama. Miss you guys. I love the dishwasher and shopping cart and jewelry box and anything else. I love you guys. That's it."

9:12 PM  
Kimbocita said...

In your absence, I noticed that Sadie starting calling Grandma - "Susie." We were walking in SF and Sadie said, "Oh that's just like how Susie does it." I said, "Who's Susie?" Her reply, "That lady walking in front of you."

Tonight is the 1st time the kids have spent the night at our place in the city. So far - so good. We're going to the Kid's Museum tomorrow and might try some dim sum on Sunday. I'm trying to prepare myself for the 6 am wake up from Sawyer.

Love the pictures and updates. Happy Anniversary!

9:59 PM  
reednose said...

Alisa, you and I have not kept up enough, I had no idea you are sporting a new hairstyle... one I've never ever seen on you before! I looks great, especially handy for traveling, huh?
You two are truly packing in a lot of adventure and documenting it very well. So glad you're up for all of the trekking and such... and the eating too! Look forward to the next entry. Living vicariously is kind-of fun.

9:27 PM  
Sonya said...

Tim Tams are to Australians what Oreo Cookies are to Americans.

I don't get the Oreo thing....but I'd die for a Tim Tam...

8:27 PM  

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