Twilight Tarn-Lea Scout Centre Camping Area
We put on dry shoes and socks that stayed dry all day today. Mission accomplished! We did a straightforward loop hike in Mt Field National Park called the Tarn Shelf Circuit. It can be done as a full day hike, but we hiked in last night so we could also add on the out and back to summit Mt Field West, the highest point in the park. The morning started out with a crisp fall feeling with some wind and cooler air at the more alpine elevation.
It was very serene with nice walking along many tarns on boardwalks, trail, and rocks. This is also a popular place for skiing in the winter, and we could imagine that. We were quite happy to have chosen to do this more relaxed hike today after coming out of the Western Arthurs yesterday.
Once we got to the side trail for Mt Field West, there was a lot more rock hopping through a boulder field. I think it was about two hours each way with over half of that being on rocks. There wasn’t a lot of elevation, but it was slower going on the rocks.
The view at the top of Mt Field West was nice even with the hazy skies today. This is just about an hour and a half outside of Hobart, and is a great spot so close to the city.
On the way back from the summit, we had lunch in one of the shelters (for day use). It was very convenient to have the shelter there for this cooler windy day.
The rest of the hike out took a couple hours, and we were back at the car around 4pm.
We found a great place that offers camping at $10AUD/$8US per person to camp just outside of Hobart. It’s called the Lea Scout Centre camping area. By the time we figured out what we wanted to do, and got to the camping area, it was 6:15pm, and too dark to get the photo of our final night in the tents, so I took one in the morning before posting the blog.
We have lodging booked for the next two nights before we fly out. It hasn’t hit me yet that 9.5 months of travel, mostly sleeping in my tent, is coming to an end. I’m sooo ready to return home and hermit. Griggs is ready to rest up and visit some of his family for a month before setting off on the Continental Divide Trail. He’s been going back to back like this for the last two years, and shows no sign of slowing or stopping. I like the extended breaks between trips/hikes to hermit and relax at home for awhile and save up while I return to substitute teaching and babysitting. Griggs is fortunate to have good investments that continue to grow steadily, so he has no need to return home to save up. I don’t think I could have that endurance to do it back to back as long as he has, but it is pretty cool to be so free. Ok, I’m nodding off as there is some nice white noise from wind in the trees. It’s the last night in my tent, and I’m super comfy! Goodnight:)
It’s the last night in my tent, and I’m super comfy! Goodnight:)
wow, you are almost to the end. I’m sure it’ll be a bittersweet end as you and Griggs get a long so well.
I’m going to cry! Lol
I am comfy in the virtual tent, Warren, and, yeah, sad with you, Anna…
I guess with Griggs perpetually hiking, there is always the option of joining him down the road.. or trail..
Griggs is top of my list for what has enhanced your experience.. Of course Becky is up there.. On the mundane and practical side, looking at the two of you, I will again say the acquisition of fleeces was spot on and I now associate your turquoise fleece with “Wired” almost as much as your blue jacket.
Ahhh. Where next, and when.. Melancholy, but also satisfied.. I hope your sister has chocolate milk ready for you…
What a great journey! I’ve really enjoyed seeing Tasmania through your eyes.
I’ve been following your blog for the last month before I do the OT, just wanted to say how much I’ve enjoyed reading about your experiences! Hope you enjoyed Tassie and looking forward to hearing about your future hikes 🙂
Oh cool! I hope you get clear weather for it. It’s all about the side trips on that one.