Huon River somewhere near Dover

The morning after Thanksgiving can be hard... but it was a gorgeous day so we rallied! We were not off to an early start by any means but we decided we must go to the southern-most point of Australia and what better day than today! (Not today today, but last Saturday today...)

  We packed up some turkey-day leftovers and jumped in the Falcon. We were headed for South Cape Bay - the southern most point of land in Australia.
The Falcon
Oysters in the Huon River (escapees from one of the many oyster farms no doubt!)

  So this Thanksgiving (and everyday) I am thankful for many things. But one thing in particular on this day is that we both love spontaneous adventures. We have already had many of these spur of the moment adventures  together and there are many more to come.
  I am also happy to know that we both love collecting/harvesting/fishing for food...
  especially seafood...
  and especially oysters...raw ones...

   So when we discovered oysters along the Huon River, there was only one thing to do.

   They were a little "fresh" because we were a long way from the ocean here but they were tasty, there were heaps of them, and they were free!
  After a brief snack, we were off again through beautiful farm land and forests. The landscape is serene and beautiful. There are giant eucalyptus groves with spiky long underbrush, lush tree-fern forests, wide river views with boats, salmon pens, and oyster farms, rolling green hills spotted with sheep, cows, kangaroos, and broken down muscle-car trucks... It is impossible to get bored looking at the passing scenery as it changes every 10 minutes. In all of these microcosms there are flowers. Bottle-brush shaped flowers (big ones, little ones, on trees, and on bushes - yellow, red, white, pink, purple...), rhododendrons - giant ones! bigger than a house!, proteas, and of course roses! (The flowers of Tasmania deserve their own post....).
Destination Cockle Creek, Southwest National Park 148 km from Hobart.
From here we set out on a 3-4 hour RT hike to South Cape Bay... I will let the photos speak for themselves...
I will tell you, it smelled of penguins and leopard seals - no, we didn't see any...but they aren't too far away!

The most adorable creature...

Are you wondering about the most adorable creature?
I saved the best for last. :) On the way to Cockle Creek we spotted this guy along the side of the road...
Short-Beaked Echidna, Tachyglossus aculeatus
Echidnas are monotremes (mammals that lay eggs). There are only three species of monotreme in the world - the platypus (next on the list) and two species of echidna, one of which is restricted to the highlands of New Guinea. Echidnas are currently ranked number 1 as the most adorable creature.
"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”
W.T. Purkiser
   Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday... It's a nice idea to give "thanks" - to appreciate your family, friends, what you have and don't have, where you are, and life in general.

   Also I love pie - pumpkin pie, apple pie, and pecan pie. So - we had Thanksgiving in Hobart!

   We invited some friends over, a family of 3, set up a dining table in the - you guessed it - the dining room, and ate turkey, potatoes, and beans (the staples of a Thanksgiving dinner). Followed by apple pie, pumpkin pie, and our guests brought an amazing pecan pie and American brownies! (Neither pumpkin pie or pecan pie are "normal" desserts here... and American brownies speak for themselves...)
   Celebrating Thanksgiving was sort of a curiosity for the Aussies involved, none of whom had ever celebrated this American holiday before. So I read up on its origins before dinner (in between making pies and mashed potatoes)....

   In school we learned it was when the Pilgrims and Indians feasted together to celebrate a good harvest (and being friends and all - but we know how that turned out...). Thanks to Wikipedia I learned a little more about the origins...  "Days of Thanks Giving" and the opposite, "Days of Fasting" have roots in English tradition dating to the Reformation. "They" (the reformers) decided to get rid of some extra religious holidays around that time and replaced them with either a day of thanks or a day of fasting depending on the mood of the day being celebrated, as I understand it... These "days of thanks" could spring up whenever something good happened. Like a big Indian harvest dinner being shared with the Pilgrims!

   Anyway, what a good idea to make Thanksgiving a permanent holiday! I think we should seriously think about instating a couple extra "days of thanks" throughout the year...

   As for the Australian view, they thought it was sort of like an American Christmas with no presents and were completely intrigued by the concept of Turducken.... The pies were all enjoyed and everyone over-ate in true American fashion...:)
Apple pie...
Pumpkin pie... from real pumpkin (no such thing as canned here!)
Our house in Hobart.

Making pies!
Our amazing little convection oven. Love it!
Some other good quotes about Thanksgiving...

“I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.”
Jon Stewart

“Here in Britain, of course, it's Thank Fuck We Got Those Weird Jesus Bastards On The Boat Day”
Warren Ellis

And the answer is a lot! Too much to really go into all in one place... Too exciting, crazy hectic, heart-wrenching, exhilarating, and too life changing...
Here is the short list:
1. Quit my job.
2. Moved out of my house of the last 8 years.
3. Said goodbye to friends neighbors and family.
4. Planned and packed for moving to the other side of the world to be with the man of my dreams...
5. Showed Nik (the man) around Maine in between packing....
6. Packed Maliko, my best friend, for his move to a new family
7. Then Nik and I left the country together...

All that in 3 weeks time....

8.  Spent 2 weeks in Lombok, Indonesia with Nik working.
9.  Nik said goodbye to family and friends over the next week in Cairns, Australia.
10. Then we moved to Hobart, Tasmania...

That's what happened to September and October... and half of November.

All of this has been packed with all sorts of feelings and emotions. Pictures and words will appear from these missing months I am sure... but the next post will be about the now. :)

Many posts will contain some sort of quote about something (of the sort that would be in that daily Zen calendar...).
Here is a good one for life changes... Thanks M.T.!

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”
Mother Teresa

About the author.... "Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview."

What exactly is this section for...?

I got bogged down by too many questions...
Who am I?   Where am I?
What do I want out of life? etc, etc, etc...

All the questions I came up with have answers...  which is good. But I am still at a loss for what to put in the about the author section.
I figure if you are here you likely know me. :)

I will put something a little deeper and more meaningful here and leave the about the author section for later...

Life, love, happiness, adventure and experience. That's what I am after...

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”  
~ Dalai Lama XIV