Danbo in Tas!

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In which C’s twin bro Dan meets us in Tasmania! He takes immediately to living in a van (/tent) and we spend two weeks together in a flurry of rock climbing, hiking, beer drinking, beaching and meandering. And it’s awesome. How awesome? Check the photos:
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D climbs Tasmania. Cataract Gorge, Launceston. True story of  backpacking Tasmania: After a long day of climbing, we take a chilly sunset dip in the river, surreptitiously bringing our bars of soap along and changing in the underbrush. Moments later, D discovers a posh amenities block,complete with warm showers and change rooms.
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Shout out to the Cantor parents for our brand new rope and helmet! Best Chanukah Ever!
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J on a baller 19. Hillwood.
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Twins Rock. Bruny Island.
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D and J, hiking on the Freycinet Peninsula.
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Bruny Island. D rates this hike a 10 on the scale of Vistas per Kilometer (VPKs).

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We take D wine tasting! This is how we look while wine tasting.

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Beer Festival, Launceston.
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J spends the whole two weeks feeding us so well it’s ridiculous. And every day for lunch, we have delicious picnics of fresh veggies, bread with our Margaret River olive oil, local cheeses, and other goodness.

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Also in Tasmania: regular stops for the best oysters ever! We do this pretty much every other day.
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J and D play with kelp.
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C and J, intrepid in the rainforest.
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A peacock contemplates Leeland. D sees an impressive amount of Australian wildlife, including wallabies, pademelons, possums, echidnas, all sorts of parrots and other birds, and penguins, one of which almost runs into us during our great nighttime beach penguin stakeout on Bruny Island.

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A fantastic trip. D and C above Wineglass Bay.
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Lots of love!!
C, J, and D.

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Road trip!

Aforementioned “Next step of adventure” has begun!!
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We’ve departed Gracetown and said goodbye to good friends and have returned to the vagrant way of life:
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First stop, an awesome, quite strenuous off-track overnight trek along the ridge walk in Sterling Ranges National Park.
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Unfortunately, this incredible journey went undocumented because of a dropped camera on the first peak. For your imagination, picture towering bluffs and steep trails that appear to run off the sides of them. Sunning lizards that snuggle when they think they’re alone. Us losing the trail several times and playing Marco-polo through thickets that later had to be plucked out of C’s dreadies. A depressing vista out over the park, which is colored thickly green, and across it’s clearly delineated borders, where everything is dead and pale brown. And astonishing panoramas of the other surrounding peaks, punctured by the realization that we’re getting old, and treks like this leave pains that last much longer than they used to. The takeaway photo:
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Other snaps along the way (all taken with J’s resuscitated camera):
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Twilight beach at Esperence. Because we were crossing the desert, which is hot, in the summer, which is hotter, all in a van with no a/c, we begin waking up at the crack of dawn, driving for the bulk of the morning, then stopping during the midday heat before continuing on at 4 or 5p. This creates a feeling of three days in each day, and is quite tiring, which results in our going to sleep with the sun, at around 9p. We call it “conserving headlamp batteries”.
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J at the Great Southern Bight – towering cliffs straight down into the ocean.
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Passing through Barossa Valley, famed for dry-grown Shiraz. Very, very dry-grown. Turns out to result in a very intense, savory flavor neither one of us particularly preferred.
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J at Pira Wara, where we skillfully turned an easy stroll into an off-trail, multipeak adventure. Whoops.
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Also at Pira Wara, Koala! In the wild! And awake, to boot!

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Our trvelling mint, which we had to abandon because of state border quarantines. Next stop, Tasmania!
Lots of love,
C and J
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Happy 2014!!

It’s like the future!
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We ring in the new year at a rave in a cave, which is about the coolest venue I’ve ever been to. And possibly the least safety regulated.

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J and I spend our 4th Christmas together, and have a wonderful orphan Christmas afternoon barbeque with friends. For Noche Buena, we celebrate with a feast of roast duck, for real this time. To relive our duck fiasco of Noche Buena 2012, click here and scroll to the bottom:

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In other feasts, fresh Coffin Bay oysters and J’s “Farmer’s market steak and salad” :
“Seared local venison steak sliced sashimi-style over a bed of watercress and basil salad with avocado lime dressing. Garnishes of fresh summer nectarines, coriander pickled carrots, and blanched organic zucchini. Served with French baguette, local beer, and handmade candles.”
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We’ve officially finished at Will’s Domain and are now preparing to depart Western Australia and re-acquaint ourselves with the traveling way of life. We’ve made some really great friends here, learned a lot about wine, and seen some spectacular sunsets.
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Here’s wishing you a healthy and happy 2014!
Lots of love!
C and J