The hike that made me cry

Selecting the photos for this post I had to pause at the beauty that this hike possessed.  It was hard to remember why I had been so shaken - shaken enough to cry and hesitate if I could make it.  But this hike was tough.  It was mentally one of the hardest I have done as we were walking straight up granite slabs with no protection what so ever.  I was on all fours on the way up, trying to focus on each step and not looking at the drop off if I were to fall.  To top all of this off, Eric spotted a snake on the route and if you've ever seen me around a snake you know nothing good can come from it.  Not to mention they are all poisonous in Tazzy!  Rain was in the forecast and I knew this would become the slip-n-slide of death if water fell.

At any rate, my cheerleader Eric helped me make it to the top and it was worth the tears.  The view was stunning and we enjoyed some chocolate rewards before I very, very slowly scooted down the mountain on my butt!

Tazzy

We have arrived to Tasmania!  And we have yet to have internet beyond spotty reception at the summit of our hikes (???).  We left our amazing National Parks Campsite today to post a few photos of our past week on Tasmania. 

After renting our tiny, tiny, tiny camper we headed down to Port Arthur, learning about Tasmania's convict history.  Included in the ticket price was a tour, boat trip (random!), and admission to the buildings and gardens.  The main part of the prison was closed so we ended up learning more about the life of the "frees" (ie staff) than the prisoners themselves.  Here are some photos of the grounds.

The next day we set off for a hike to Cape Raoul.  Gorgeous coastline and sunshine were our rewards. 

We camped at a gorgeous National Park and spent cocktail hour with these wallabies:

And the next morning set off for another hike, at Cape Huay.  This trail was in pristine condition and the views were stunning throughout. 

We hiked yesterday to wineglass bay, rated one of the top beaches in the world.  We had it to ourselves and enjoyed lunch and the views for hours. 

We took another awesome hike today that was so challenging it had me in tears.  I have never been so scared hiking before - we were scrambling up sheer granite faces of rock.  On all fours on the way up and on all fives on the way down!  Quite the workout and our safe return was rewarded with big chocolate ice creams!  Pictures to come...  Back to our beautiful national park campsite we go :)