Art?

What is art?  Meaning many things to different people it's hard to come to a definition that would encompass the thoughts and ideas of everyone.  We found this to be certainly true at Mona (Museum of New and Old Art), the art museum in Hobart, filled with the eccentric collection of David Walsh.  David Walsh, a millionaire by way of gambling, made a space that to us was just as interesting at the artwork inside.  There's a camo caterman that leaves from Hobart and from there things just get weird.  After walking across Walsh's personal tennis court you decend 3 flights of circular stairs into the sandstone galleries.  I've divided our photos into the artwork and then into the space. 

The Artwork:

To us, the space was just as cool as the artwork. 

Definitely a memorable experience!  We enjoyed our time in the space and getting to discuss between us what we view art as. 

What do you think?  Does any of this count as art?

Narawntapu National Park

Wow.  We couldn't quite find the right spot for the night until we remembered our dear friends Leah and Jesse had loved Narawntapu National Park and we drove straight there to see if the wildlife was all that they had said. 

We loved our time at the National Park.  We spent hours distracted by the wildlife on display over nightly glasses of wine.  We got in a gorgeous hike.  But mostly we just spent our time watching all the animals that surrounded us.  It was like getting to sleep in a zoo.  How lucky are we!?

The Bay of Fires

We have spent the last few days off the grid exploring the Bay of Fires.  The water was so pretty I swore when I first saw it.  When is water ever that pretty?!  And to top it off, we had the white sand beaches to ourselves.  Life doesn't get any better (well, penguins would have made it better, but you can't have everything).  

We did have the pleasure of these animals' company.  They entertained us for hours - all the hopping and scuffing off.  Can you identify the wallaby, forest kangaroo, wombat, and echidna.  Did you know the echidna is a mammal that lays eggs?!  

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 :)