Tasmania, Day 2

We started the day by going to the Hobart Harbor since the winning boat from the Sydney to Hobart sailing race was just coming in. We were especially eager to see the boat, the Comanche, since it was built in Damariscotta, Maine, although the crew was Australian. It is a very impressive sailboat!!

boat with the red hull is the Comanche-very sleek
Hobart Harbor-a lot smaller than the Portland Harbor.

From there we drove north for a day trip to Freycinet Park, formed by glaciers with lovely rock formations and inlets from the sea. When we arrived, we hiked 1000 feet up to Wine Glass Bay. The climb in parts was intense. David was a good coach and cheered me on-good training for the Camino!! He also pointed out roots so that I could prevent myself from falling !! The park is very beautiful although the temperature was in the high 80’s.

a selfie of us at a lookout over the bay on the way up
getting higher up overlooking Wineglass Bay
Dave near the top of our hike -note the interesting rock formation on the right.
We did it!!
a little wallaby in the bushes in the middle trailside
a Wallaby in the parking lot
many photographing him!
a view of the rock formations on the mountains of Freycinet from Spring Bay Harbor.
rewarding ourselves with salted caramel ice cream cones at Spring Bay Harbor
Dave practicing his guitar skills that evening at our Air B&B the

Tasmania Day 1

We flew into Hobart, Tasmania, Thursday evening and after a restful night in our air b&b we began to explore Hobart, the capitol, which is a city of 240,000. The air is considerably cooler than in Adelaide.

In the morning we went to the replica of the Mawson hut, designed by Sir Douglas Mawson, an Antarctic explorer from Australia who made several trips to the Antarctic in the early 20th century.

the replica of the Mawson hut-well designed and constructed entirely of wood!!
My son Dave inside the hut.. In the background are the bunk beds for the explorers.

From there we went to the Tasmanian museum where we saw an exhibit about the aboriginal people of the western part of Tasmania. Their arts are lovely and include basket weaving and jewelry-making. These arts remind me of the Native American arts in the U.S. But sadly, the aboriginal people were decimated by the British and forced off their lands.

sign for the art gallery which was a custom house under colonial rule.

We walked along the waterfront where the 48 hour sailboat race from Sydney to Hobart would end in the following days.

one of the older streets in Hobart in the Salamanca district
research institute on Hobart Harbor
the judges’ station on the finish line for the sailing race
one of the buoys in the Hobart Harbor marking the location for the race finish line

That afternoon we drove to New Norfolk, a small town to the north. The roads here are more like those country roads in the US-very winding with only 2 lanes. The countryside is very rural with many farms and vast fields and woods as landscape. It is so peaceful and beautiful but very dry due to extreme heat. In some areas water restrictions are posted.

St. Matthews Church in New Norfolk is the oldest church in Tasmania.
from New Norfolk we drove further north to a national park with some hikes. We chose the one to Russell Falls.
forest trail on the way to the falls
first view of the falls-truly beautiful with water cascading from many levels
me in front of Russell Falls
Dave by Russell Falls
our selfie there
hiking along the trail-what am I doing with my pocketbook there?? lol!!

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day

Dave and I went to the vineyards south of Adelaide for lunch on Tuesday . The area is quite lovely and the meal delicious. There was haze from the fires on the hills surrounding Adelaide.

We are enjoying lunch!
the entrance to the restaurant at the vineyard.

Here are some pictures of Christmas Day in Adelaide-temperature out is in the 90’s F :

Sammy with Ollie, his 8 year old cousin.
garden at Tom’s, Leah’s brother’s home.
Dave with the family.
At Christmas Dinner
David and Sammy

Breakfast in Adelaide on Boxing Day

Very little is open in Australia on the day after Christmas, but we were able to find a very nice coffee shop for brunch on the 26th. Dave, Leah, Sammy, Tom and his son Ollie, and Shane, Leah’s father as well as myself enjoyed this time together.

Breakfast the 26th in Adelaide.
Breakfast the 26th in Adelaide. Tom was taking the picture!!

Adelaide at Last

After a very long travel time from Maine, at last I arrived in Adelaide where my grandson Sammy and his parents, Dave and Leah were waiting at the airport. I have fallen in love with Sammy!! And Dave and Leah are such good parents!!

Going through Sydney was sad as fires blanketed the city with smoke which we could smell as soon as we deplaned.

Adelaide is also experiencing haze and some from the fires in the nearby hills.

All of this makes me even more committed to environmental action!!!

Dinner the next day at Leah’s parents’ home in Adelaide with her parents and brother, Tom.

Irene and Shane, Leah’s parents.

Sammy, my wonderful grandson age 4 months.

My First Blog Post

Arrival at last in Adelaide

Arrived yesterday here in Adelaide and have fallen in love with my grandson Sammy.

Dave and Leah are such wonderful parents. We are staying at her brother’s home-so grateful for his hospitality.

Going through Sydney was a bit sad. The forest fires there are so bad that smoke hangs over the city, and even on the plane as we approached, the smell of smoke was discernible in the cabin. The beaches were not very well-attended due to the haze that hung over them.

It will be in the 80’s Fahrenheit here today. A lot cooler than earlier this week.

I will upload some pictures later today!!

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— Oscar Wilde.

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