Lands Down Under (Day 8)

January 18

Tasmania

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[Arriving in Burnie, a small port city on the north coast of Tasmania with a metro population of about 27,000.]

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[When we disembarked, we were all met by a woman handing out “Burnie” pins.  Turns out she was the mayor, Anita Dow.  Totally shirking my cub reporting duties, I forgot to take her picture.  This one’s from the “www.”]

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[Well, if the mayor is handing me a city pin, it’s going on my hat!]

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[A short bus ride (it could have been a walk, but again, it’s a working port so it’s verboten) to the city, technically to Makers’ Workshop (and information center) from whence to begin daily operations.  I found this university sign and wondered if they’re the Tasmania Fighting Tasmanian Devils?]

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[Reetz explores the facilities.]

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[Followed by a bus ride to the city overlook . . . ]

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[The Biddies each get their shots.]

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[Lumber is a major export product of both Australia and New Zealand, going mainly to South and East Asia.]

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[Ground plaques, always a major photo op.]

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[Are we back in West Central Minnesota?]

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[The first and main tour destination – it’s internationally-renowned, we’re told.]

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[Our group models . . . modeling.]

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[And here we go for a walk over the 11 hectare (2 1/2 acres per hectare) gardens.]

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[Artsy shot of tall trees.]

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[The Super finds some flowers . . . ]

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[As does Bert.]

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[There are literally thousands of varieties of rhododendron – over 22,000 in this garden alone.  They are a very close relative to the azalea.  We’re here in summer and the blooming season is spring – so we just missed it by a month or so.]

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[Looking back up at the welcome center.]

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[Argghhhh!  I forgot to check to see if this was a Continental Bridge.  Sure looks like one.]

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[Like a Japanese garden.]

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[The Flowering Biddies – hydrangeas, I believe.]

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[Oh, that Aussie sense of humor!]

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[With our garden guide, Pete Stratford (I know that because in an upcoming photo you can read his name tag), in a volunteer-made gazebo.]

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[A lovely setting, if I do say so myself.]

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[The Super in the covered bridge . . . ]

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[The aforementioned covered bridge.]

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[Plants]

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[More plants, with the gazebo in the background.]

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[The gazebo and the covered bridge all in one incredible shot!]

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[It must be some sort of Tasmanian word?]

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[On the road again . . . ]

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[To this destination.]

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[A really big tree – eucalyptus, I believe.]

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[A tree parasite.]

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[As we begin our trail walk, signs of a relatively recent flood in the river.]

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[Keep an eye out for a platypus.  Nope, unfortunately never saw one.]

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[Another parasitic tree.]

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[Reetz and Kathy read about what they’re looking at.]

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[Onward – ferns abound.]

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[The gang enjoys another scenic overlook.]

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[This selfie was designed to include the Super and the entire background.  Close-up setting instead of wide angle.  Well, it could always be used as an ad for using sunscreen, as I’m peeling like an old onion.]

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[Kinda what I was looking for the first time – except the Super is holding a “stuffed” platypus.]

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[Reetz plays a little solitaire waiting for our ride at the end of the hike.]

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[And now back at the Makers’ Workshop for a little lunch – not unlike SAWA’s wine lovers platter.  Yummy!]

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The Supervisor’s Section

[The Super and Reetz are into crafting and gardening.  Thus, it only seems fair they get a whole section for their photos beginning in Makers’ Workshop, where folks work on their arts and crafts, i.e., “make” things . . . ]

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[And her port shots . . . ]

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[And her spouse shot.]

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[Flowers!]

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[Sniff!]

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[More flowers . . . ]

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[Pete and the folks in the gazebo.]

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[There’s that funny Tasmanian word again?]

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[The aforementioned Mr. Stratford and his name tag.  And he wrote a book:  Why I Sit Like This … …: The Poetry of Pete Stratford.  The Super bought a copy and had him sign it for Jami and Danny.]

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[Saying good-bye to Burnie.]

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Stop ye travellers as you pass by; As you are now, so once was I; As I am now, soon you shall be – Prepare yourself to follow me.  Graffiti response:  To follow you; I am not content – – How do I know; Which way you went?  ~  Tombstone epitaph in Tasmania

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