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Yes I have missed a couple of days, but hey I have been enjoying myself and I will catch up those couple of days I promise. We left Penghana B&B about 8.30 am this morning, Penghana and the time spent there is a story in itself. A good one I promise. Anyway we left there this morning to head to Cradle Mountain, which was a good two hour drive. The weather started out reasonable, it was overcast and a few spot showers, but still all in all not to bad, it promised to be a nice day.
Steve, the Manager from Penghana had told us the route to take and a couple of things to see along the way. Our first stop was at Murchison River, This beautiful almost black river had the most amazing reflections it was hard to tell what was real and what was a reflection.
From there we continued on to Cradle Mountain, it didn’t take long for the weather to turn quite nasty, water everywhere and the closer we go to to Cradle Mountain the heavier the rain got to the point it was quite heavy heavy sleet. I heard myself shrieking to Neil, that’s snow. It was snowing, we pulled into the lower car park at Cradle Mountain and it was definitely full on snowing by then, no mistaking it. By the time we were ready to head to the information centre it was snowing quite heavily, I had never seen snow like this before, another first for me. By the time we got into the information centre and ordered our coffee it was very heavy I was excited like a little kid at Christmas time, the only thing missing was Santa. I couldn’t stop smiling, don’t get me wrong I have seen plenty of show on the ground, but never seen it actually falling like this before. I hadn’t even really noticed the cold, I was so enthralled by this soft stuff on my head and jacket. So was almost everyone else. We were sitting at a table having our coffee with a couple who were from Mudgee, they hadn’t seen much snow over their way either so they were almost as excited as I was.
After we left cradle mountain, we headed toward Tazmazia, it was so much fun, if you haven’t seen this place you really should treat yourself. The Maze is wonderful and the humour and fun along the way is great and an inspiration to keep going and see what is around the next corner, once again the slight drops of rain was no deterrent to this amazing place.
Tazmazia also included the town of Lower Crackpot, at first I thought this was for children, but the further I went I realised this was not just for children it was definitely aimed at adults too. For this one I left the camera in the car, no photos, I had wanted to go to this place for a while so I wanted to enjoy the whole experience and not concentrate on taking photos. If you are out this way it is well worth the drive. At first I thought it was a little over priced, until I got to the end and realised it was great value for money. There is also a pancake parlour there but we opted to drive to Sheffield for lunch, nice drive nice little place.
Sheffield is a nice quaint little place with a lovely bakery, the sun was shining for the most part as we had lunch and sat and enjoyed our coffee, but just as we were getting ready to leave it started blowing a gale and we had to run back to our car before the rain started and I swear it didn’t stop pouring for the next hour and a half, actually I think it was about the same time we checked into our Motel in Launceston that it stopped. Go figure. That was the most horrible drive I have been on. On back road some under repair and not surfaced with pouring rain and windey roads. I was so glad to reach civilisation again.