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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Tasman Peninsula

We had a massive driving day on Friday – all the way from Bicheno to Port Arthur! It took all day, but we did stop for a walk up to the lookout in Bicheno, and then lunch and a walk in Swansea on the way. We’ve decided to bypass Maria Island for the time being, and hope to come back mid-summer when the days are longer (to make the most of the price of the ferry over). The promise of a few days in a row of sunny weather spurred us on towards the Tasman Peninsula and all the cliff edge walks that awaited us there.

Saturday we did Cape Raoul and really had a mix of weather. It was breezy – not really windy, but enough to keep pushing the clouds through all day. We even had a brief shower of rain on our way back. Fortunately there were a few patches of sun to keep the photographer happy.

On Sunday we walked to Waterfall Bay and once again waited patiently for the sun to come from behind the clouds for photos. In the afternoon we went to Eaglehawk Neck and the Coal Mine Historical Site for our first taste of convict ruins. A really sad part of our history. (We'll do Port Arthur in December when we come back down here with the family.)

The last two days have been mostly spent inside marking. Today it’s been showery, which has made staying inside a lot easier. The next two days are supposed to be clear, so there are more walks on the agenda. Stay tuned for more cliff edge photos!!