Irregular Posts; Ulverstone, TZ

Wednesday Feb 19, 2014 G’Day, “HeyYouMissingGuy.” “yeah been an adventurish awhile since I could log-in.  Remember the posts “Vanning” and Vanning Again”?  Well this should probably be called “Vanning AgainAgain”.      We landed in Hobart on time on Valentines Day and found that our motel had changed its name but not its location.  But the wifi and the continemtal breakfast were no longer free.  OK, they srill had the shuttle that took us to pick up our Britz van.  It was very similar to Jackpot in NZ.  Slightly different configuration but OK.       Hobart is a provinchal capital and downtown had its Saturday market. There must have been a couple hundred vendors of vegs, crafts, food, buskers, and thousands of folks walking and viewing.  The world-wide attraction in Hobart is now the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).  The old is some egyptian stuff but the new is out of this world; conceptual, and digital, and installations of surreal things.  Nothing would be considered wall art.  In the courtyard there was a nude life form male posing for painters and sketchers. This is not your traditional museum.      In the Holiday park nearby, we had difficulty connecting to the AC electricity.  Local folks stopped in to help and talk but we got no electricity except the 12V battery.  So no charging the computer.  Dinner saw a thunderstorm that went on for almost an hour while we ate and talked to another traveler from NZ.      In the AM we drove 30 minutes back to Britz thinking the van had 240V circuit probs…but it WAS...

Irregular Posts; Ulverstone, Tasmania by Meg

Wednesday Feb 19 2014 Tasmania‏ guest writer Meg Holmes At the public library in Ulverstone, east of Penguin TZ, with 30 minutes free access. Briefly arrived in Hobart Feb.14, picked up Britz campervan Feb 15. Nice day in Hobart at Salamanca Market and the contemporary edgy provocative love/hate museum called MONA. Experiential multi-media art and installations at its most challenging. Sensory overload and, just as museum is mostly meandering in the dark, some of the artwork left the observer pondering in the dark. Sunday Feb 16, a quick back to Britz because power for appliances didn’t seem to be working (remind you of MightyVan?!!!). Then up the A10 to Mt. Field National Park and a walk into the falls. Very beautiful rainforest. Suddenly I felt something crawling up the inside of my pants legs – the attack of the leeches! I probably pulled off a dozen. The leeches and our first view of a pandemelon (kangaroo like critter) introduced us to Tasmanian fauna. Up the road to Lake Saint Clair National Park with a stop at the Wall in the Wilderness – a 300 feet long woodcarving mural of Tasmanian Highland history. By then Jack had had enough windy mounatineous driving for the day so we stayed at Catherine Bay at the park. This gave us an opportunity to walk, and we saw either more pandemelon or a wallaby crossing the road as well as an echidna feeding. We walked to platypus Bay and saw patterns in the lake water – could have been platypus, fish, or water rats. I am going to think platypus! Monday Feb 17 up...