Trip Start Jul 23, 2008
40Trip End Jul 06, 2009
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The plan was to climb/hike up the infamous Cradle Mountain (the tallest peak in Tassie) which is surrounded by National Park. The weather did not allow the plan to be followed through which seemed to be a blessing. It was very windy and rainy and cold as we were already at a much higher altitude just by driving up to the National Park. The tracks to the summit were steep and slippery and were not safe due to the weather.
There are many different walking tracks in the area with less risk so we were no short of choice. We opted for a 3 hr walk around 'Dove's Canyon' that took us through lovely green forest and then to open fields of long grass, all along a river and some falls, up steep rocks....and we were also in the company of leeches due to the damp weather which put a damper on things. Even with my legs taped from my shoes up to below my knee with my pantlegs completely tucked in, the suckers found their way in...no serious damage, just yuckiness
The rest of the time we took full advantage of the hotel's facilities...this was luxurious for me as i'm not used to the comforts and privacy of a 'chateau'. We sat in front of the log burning fires, played pool, sipped beer and wine of course, and sat in front of the fire more..again it had been a long time since i experienced a fire so it was grand.
Overall, the weekend was a success, without being able to reach the peak. We were one with nature to the degree that allowed us, the weather was invigorating and the hotel and the company was very relaxing and peaceful. Check!