Being away from the internet while we were camping didn’t stop me from writing this post. I tried to capture the moment but you’ll see that the pictures (and captions) were added afterwards…enjoy!
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Written on Wednesday, February 20th (afternoon)
Here we are, sitting on a picturesque beach on South Bruny Island, a tiny island off of Tasmania (which is a relatively small island state of Australia). Our current campsite involved an amazing 3 kilometer (roughly 2 mile) drive on the beach and use of Thor’s 4-Wheel-Drive to get up the road to the camp.
Soaking it in
- Always having fun
Driving on the beach…as much fun as it looks
Alisa and I just finished a hike that brought us to sweeping views of the coastline of South Bruny Island with views of Southern Tasmania in the distance. We saw an echidna, I shucked some oysters right off the rocks and slurped them up, and then we did some bouldering until we found the perfect rocks next to the ocean to have lunch.
Bouldering to our lunch spot
Oysters don’t get any fresher than this
On the way back I stopped to collect some mussels for an appetizer tonight (Alisa won’t eat them). I’ll let you know if they get me sick…
Mussels…almost ready (and nope, they didn’t get me sick!)
Last night I hung out with some incredibly hospitable Aussies (Jimmy, Zena, and Dave) around their campfire. They let me have one of their prized oysters that they plucked from the ocean the night before (and were my obvious motivation for finding my own today). Then we got to know each other over some awesome Aussie craft brews and they let me in on a secret for viewing penguins nearby (more on that below). Thanks again guys!
Two nights ago, at this same campground, we had our first real encounter with some foul weather and were forced to sleep in our car as our tent began to take in water at around 5am.
And just a day before that, we had an amazing hike/bouldering adventure to the top of Mt. Amos in Freycinet National Park. Even though I forgot our lunch in the car, we celebrated at the top with some good snacks and more importantly…celebrated at the bottom after Alisa conquered her fears on that trail.
Wineglass Bay to the left, Promise Bay to the right
Mt. Amos = No Joke
Check out those views…well worth the potential death on the hike up
Any closer and Alisa would be touching that Wallaby
Got crabs? These guys were all over the beach at our first campsite and yes, I still swam there
Freycinet National Park (the view from our campsite). Mt. Amos is the 4th peak from the left
That brings us back here…on a sunny, yet slightly chilly beach on South Bruny Island in Tasmania. I just jumped in the cold water with a bar of soap and had a refreshing bath. (although I had to keep my boxers on since there is another person on the beach…we were actually shocked to see anyone else here…this is a pretty remote part of the world). Now, Alisa is reading a book and I’m drinking a cold “Red Bitter” beer (by far the cheapest beer I’ve found at $40 for a 30-pack). We’re going to relax here, have dinner, then go take a drive to hopefully see Fairy Penguins at sunset.
Alisa’s ready to see some penguins
Penguin Lookout and Rookery (breeding place). Check out the narrow peninsula connecting N. Bruny to S. Bruny
We saw penguins! There goes a “waddle” (which is amazingly what a group of penguins on land are called) shuffling up the beach
Well worth the wait (and the chill) to see those penguins
We didn’t take this pic, but Wikipedia uses this one taken right where we saw them…
Yes, this is a pretty cool adventure that we’re on.
This photo pretty much sums it up (that’s me in the distance…taken at the summit of Cradle Mountain about a week earlier)
Until next time,