Wet Wilderness Walking

Tasmanian Rainforest

Tasmanian Rainforest

Fun though!

Have a great weekend!

Nomewome

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Meander – Meandering!

Meander Falls State Reserve Walks Signage

Meander Falls State Reserve walks signage

We headed off to walk the Split Rock Falls circuit today. We started off fairly late but our book of 100 great walks in Tassie told us it only takes 2 1/2 hours so that should have been do-able even with the lack of daylight hours in winter.

When we arrived at the carpark we discovered a hand written sign to say we must allow another 2 hours return to the trip as there is no longer a bridge over the river but a line of boulders to stop us driving any further. Hmmmmm, not good! Not good at all! The guide book didn’t tell us about this and it had poor maps of the area. Plus the Navman is certainly not cut out for bush trails so we decided just to follow the road up a little further and see what happens.

Oh No the Bridge has gone!

Oh No…. the Bridge has gone!

As it was, gulping and holding our breath as we passed over a very rocky, potholed road in a car made only for sealed cruising, we found another fallen bridge and this signified the start of the track to Mother Cummings Peak. We had traveled quite a way up the foot hills and it was just looming there looking at us from through the trees.

To walk up there would still be too long-a-walk for our family, but the Chasm Falls says 1.5 hours return. Perfect!

Add another half an hour to this I think!

Add another half an hour to this I think!

So we prepared for our walk. Gaters on to stop the leeches and new backpacks for the girls so they can finally carry their own water and snacks. Then we came across another slight obstacle…….. the river.

The River Crossing from the iPhone!

The river crossing from the iPhone!

We wondered if this fungi was dense or hollow?

We wondered if this fungi was dense or hollow?

“I don’t like it” Toddler had good reason to be afraid with Mum and Dad carrying her across the rapid covered rocks. But it was all part of the fun and soon we were all across and heading up the old road to where ever? It didn’t really matter. We were just happy to be out and about!

Track to Smoko Falls

Track to Smoko Falls

After half and hour or so up hill we find old signs to a few different walks. Looks like an exciting cross road but it was 1:45pm and the sun was disappearing rapidly behind the mountains. We played in some snow as we read the sign that Chasm Falls was still an hour return. No good. We would need to add at least another half an hour onto that and then there was the walk back to the car. We would be driving out in the dark. This was not desirable.

Fun in a tiny patch of snow!

Fun in a tiny patch of snow!

So, with the mountains taunting us through the trees we reluctantly turned back and headed down the overgrown road once more.

One of the Peaks taunting us from behind the bushes!

One of the Peaks taunting us from behind the bushes!

We will be back though.We are eager to discover what Meander Falls State Reserve has to offer! It was the only place we found today above the fog. It was a good place to be today!

Fog glorious fog!

Fog glorious fog!

Happy walking and have a flabby week!

Nomewome

The Overly Friendly Critter on a Damp Walking Track up Mt Arthur

There were just so many of these friendly little creatures so eager to slip unnoticed inside our shoes.

There were just so many of these friendly little leech creatures so eager to slip unnoticed inside our shoes.

There were literally 100’s of these little guys eager to suck our blood one wet April. The children were over whelmed by them. It was raining and misty, threatening a definite ‘can’t see this’ senario when we got to the top.

You know the scene; when in desperation you hold your hand up in front of your face in the fog after a long hard climb to the top of a peak and it’s like it’s…… NOT EVEN THERE????? ………Hang on a minute. I’m sure if I squint and flap it around a little,…. hang on,…….oh yes! There it is! ##$%^  OUCH, I’ve just hit myself on the nose………..Oh and yes no blaming anyone else! It was definitely my blue glove that came looming out of the mist to bop me a beauty, making my nose run and sending me lurching sideways from that wet pointy rock I had selected blindfolded. (Time slowing down here.) Oh, over I go, hopefully not over the edge. Phew, not this time, just hands first into the scrub. ALMOST twisted my ankle!…. Yep, but no,….. I’ll be ok! Oh yuck sorry bush I just left a bit of dampness from my nose on you. Lucky no one can see me!

OK. I’ve got a bit carried away here and I know my grammar is all over the place but I say it how I think it…… And that’s how it is!

Back to the leeches. On this particular first ‘family’ ascent of Mt Arthur. The most north of the three mountains you can easily see from Launceston. We decided after an hour or so that we would give up for the day and come back in years to come when we were all moving far too fast for these little creatures to start up colonies on our shoes. ALso when, if we did find ourselves bitten we weren’t likely to scream bloody murder to the whole neighbourhood!

We’ve conquered this peak on a good day with a dog. It’s a fine walk and a great view to the north coast. I’m sure we will revisit the walk soon. Just not in April when it’s raining!

Have a great day!

Nomewome

Mt Arthur mulch. It seems not to be overly popular this track so we have a lovely covering of leaves and bark on the track. Not mud!

Mt Arthur mulch. It seems not to be overly popular this track so there is a lovely covering of leaves and bark on the track. Great to photograph and no mud!