This is a continuation of the yesterday – was getting too long. The drive to the top was about 30 kms but it was well wooded and fun to watch the trees changing the higher we drove. It is a pity that some drivers don’t share the roads a little bit more freely.
Once we were at the top the view was spectacular. The day was as clear a day as you could ask for. So perfect.
There were little patches of snow and people were throwing snow balls and building snowmen. A couple of kids were experiencing the snow for the first time. Screams of shock as snow dared to venture down the back of a hoodie. I laughed.
The air was magic. Clear, tasty but a little thinner than further down the hill. The rocks were very different all across the top of the mountain. We stayed a while and went to the lookouts and just marvelled at the land we could see from the top. Just fabulous.
After driving back down the mountain we went to the pub I had seen on the upward journey called Hotel SOHO.
It was a warm and friendly pub and they had $10 meals. We had roastpork, with crackling, apple sauce and wonderfully roasted vegetables. A wonderful meal all round.
As we were preparing to get organised to leave this morning I heard a bird trilling outside our window. No idea what it is yet, but I will find out. But it was very insistent as if it expected me to do something for it. It hopped and squawked for quite a few minutes, so I was able to video it and take some pictures. Here it is.
So once it had flown away, we ventured outside to yet another cool and crisp day but absolutely beautiful. Bright sun and no clouds and a little wind. We parked near Elizabeth Pier and walked over to Salamanca Markets and revelled in the colour, smells and variety.
Some stands were lucky to have trees to hang their wares, and the wood carvers have spent a lot of time on Huon Pine as evidenced below with the rolling pins in the second last pic from the markets.
After about an hour of wandering and knowing we can’t take most of it home, we went back towards Elizabeth Pier and I took some photos of some buildings and we found our way to the Mawson’s huts replica exhibition.
I have no idea how they survived in the conditions they lived in. A very interesting and ‘worth a look’ exhibition. Bit sad though due to the loss of dogs and men’s lives but an amazing period in history. They were true survivors.
We then had a cuppa and I wandered around the dock and took too many pics. But that will be in my next post, otherwise this will go on and on forever.