Tas – Jan 16

I didn’t get to spend a whole lot of time with the family due to the many fires burning across Tasmania during January, however we managed to sneak away for a couple of afternoons across to Meander and Ulverstone for some time away from the crowds.

Mole Creek fire in the Western Tiers

Mole Creek fire in the Western Tiers

Always a favourite with the kids

Always a favourite with the kids

Not too sure about the shorts.....

Not too sure about the shorts…..

Pretty sure the sign said 1 at a time.....

Pretty sure the sign said 1 at a time…..

Proof the eldest boys really do have a screw loose.  I swear it was passed down from their mother.......    :)

Proof the eldest boys really do have a screw loose. I swear it was passed down from their mother……. 🙂

Meanwhile the 'smart one' is fully clothed watching from a distance

Meanwhile the ‘smart one’ is fully clothed watching from a distance

I don't think I've ever seen the river that low before.  Note the smoke in the distance.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen the river that low before. Note the smoke in the distance.

We couldn’t continue through to the Meander Falls due to the fire risk at the time. For anyone considering it, it is 5 km’s one way at around a C grade level – i.e. Ethan has done it easily himself.

Dropping back down the hill we stopped into the dam which is called ‘Huntsman Lake’. We normally take the kids there with their kayaks so they can have some fun – it’s a good safe area for the kids. I’ve thrown a rod in there a few times with the father in law as it’s supposed to be a wild brown trout fishery. Can’t say I’ve ever had any luck compared to sticking with river fishing, or just going up to the Great Lake.

Huntsman Lake

Huntsman Lake

Smoke plume from the Mole Creek complex

Smoke plume from the Mole Creek complex

An enjoyable afternoon at an area that is approximately 1 hour from Launceston or Devonport. Finished off with a couple of Bundy cans to make it all worth it.

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Hmmm home equaled work and hay fever

Hmmm home equaled work and hay fever

That direction sure looked tempting.....

That direction sure looked tempting…..

But the kids advised me that this was a 'better' option

But the kids advised me that this was a ‘better’ option

Must admit that it was a great break away from the fires

Must admit that it was a great break away from the fires

The seagulls agreed

The seagulls agreed

The eldest boys were play fighting.  Jess ignored them as per normal

The eldest boys were play fighting. Jess ignored them as per normal

Meanwhile Ian was looking after the important job

Meanwhile Ian was looking after the important job

Our home away from home

Our home away from home

We’ve been to the Ulverstone Beach a few times now, and really enjoyed ourselves each time. I’d say that it was all about the good company, but Ian would get a big head and Wendy would know we are talking about her!!! 🙂

Cheers
Chris

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