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Is it really that time already?

Wow, how the time has flown! It’s Halloween already which means one more sleep and I board the first of 3 planes for my trip home. The long haul of 27 hours from Portland, Or, USA to Hobart, Tas, Australia.

My two + weeks have been the most incredible I’ve ever experienced. I’ve seen some of the world’s infamous sights – Grand Canyon, Sedona, Mt St Helens – and some of the most beautiful country side, rugged coastline and I can’t forget the stunning colours as the trees change.

I’ve eaten new foods – or new combinations – driven on the wrong side of the road – quite the strangest experience I’ve had for some time – been called British on several times – not an issue at all – and being drilled about all things Australian – from my friend’s husband mainly – christened myself ‘the gift shop queen’ and amused a new friend with my ‘fancy selfies’

The last three days have been very long, and very busy. Long times in the car, some bad coffee, lots of laughing and the destination becoming the journey. Or was it that the journey became the destination?
Either way, good times with my friend, her husband and sister.

One day I’m on top of a mountain, the next I’m attending my friends wedding.
The next week, I’m in the snow on top of a lava flow, while the following day finds me standing on the beach in front of the Pacific.
And just over a week before I’m wearing shorts and getting a tan in 30C heat in the desert surrounded by cactus.

I have hundreds of photos to go through and if I get time to look at them properly now, I will spam your inbox with numerous posts. If not, then when I get home and find my head space, as I’ll be hitting the ground running.
For now, please enjoy a few shots of my latest little adventures.

Japanese Gardens – Portland, Or.

This morning broke with overcast weather, that threatened all sorts of fun, but was thoughtful enough to play nice. It was decided we head over to Portland and see the Japanese Gardens there before doing the Saturday Markets.
There are Japanese Gardens and then there is Portland’s Japanese Gardens. Omg! Even though there were quite a few people there, it was not noisy and very peaceful place to be.
We spent a lovely hours collecting photos and memories.

The local plants that surrounded the feature of the Japanese worked in such a way as to make the Japanese aspect stand out as the point of difference.

So much has happened since Sedona, Az.

It’s been 3 days since I left Arizona and my last post here, but it feels like a lifetime already. We spent a lot of time in Seattle – a beautiful city I could imagine myself living in. After a lovely seafood lunch right on the water, a visit to the Space Needle was a must (actually, that was my idea, I really wanted to visit) and the view was amazing, the city was green and an eclectic mix of old and new.

Monday us girls went and did some retail therapy – you will see the results of that one day when I get home. And today, Tuesday, us girls went on a road trip up the gorge and checked out some of the most amazing scenery and waterfalls ever. Parts of the trip reminded me of home, which is not surprising. Oregon is about the same latitude as Tassie. It’s kind of a same same but different scenario.

Here are a few pictures of what’s been happening, and hopefully I’ll be able to post again soon.

Snug Falls

We took a wander off to Snug Falls this morning with friends – sunny but fresh weather, icy cold at the falls, easy and fun exercise for all.
It takes about 30 mins to take the 1km walk down – it’s uphill all the way back! – but with the recent rain the falls were in full flow with the surrounding area looking lush and green (albiet slimy) with lots of photo opportunities. I have to practice with my water shots as I only got a few out of today’s lot that were worth even a consideration for publication.
The mini gallery will be up tomorrow on the Box but here’s a couple to keep you going.

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Russell Falls, Mt Field National Park.

Russell falls post , take 2.
I was not happy when with my finger rapidly descending upon the publish button the iPad throws a tanty and there goes my post. Poof. Off into the never never, never to be recovered. And after all that it had taken me all day to get the time to actually write it. Was so not happy, I didn’t even think to just add a picture of our trip.

Route: Middleton to Mt Field via Bridgewater

Distance and time: 120km and 2.5 hrs. Return trip left 1pm arrive home 6pm.

Stops: Snug to pick up eldest’s girlfriend, Bridgewater for a snack breakfast and coffee, 30 mins.

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We were after a family day trip before hubby headed back to work for two weeks, but didn’t want to go too far. The bike had to be returned so we took it for one last squirt giving everyone a last ride.
Russell Falls are one of our states most photographed and iconic places to visit. Maybe we’re a little old and jaded now, we didn’t find as much inspiration as we thought is time around. The kids loved it took lots of their own photos. It seems iPods and phones are handy for something other than the obvious.
A bit of a surprise was the dinosaur we saw on the track..

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And unfortunately I feel I will the shortest in our family in the not too distant future. As you can see, eldest has overtaken even his father.

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Our waterfall destinations…

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Russell Falls.

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The falls are over three levels and we were a bit disappointed you can only access the bottom and top, they’ve moved the path to skip the middle altogether.
Horseshoe Falls.

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I was looking forward to walk from the last falls that winds around the river to the camping ground. Oh no. Not to be, they’ve changed everything, so we had to walk up a maintain of stairs, follow the track along the top of the hill and then wind back down to the car park. Not very happy, or fit.

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Lunch was had in a hut right next to river, she we and plenty of time to relax. No eating and then rushing off.
The bike was washed and returned to its owners. I took eldest to work and returned to pick up biker people.
Dropping off the girlfriend we finally arrived home to a very happy dog 11 hours after we left home.
A lovely if tiring day out.

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More pictures over here

Have a great week
Jennifer 🙂