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Keep Calm With Sounds Of Nature!

Monday, March 24, 2014

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ASHERAH38 4/8/2014 12:58AM

    LOL on 3rd pic. Dragging my own body--I hope. Funny:-) But jokes aside, I love walking. Nature trails are my favorite. I have not found an adventurous enough walking buddy to venture a bit further into woods:-( But I am looking forward to some hiking after the spring rains.

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CATLADY52 3/25/2014 6:53PM

    Thanks for the thoughts and laughs. emoticon

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_LINDA 3/24/2014 11:38PM

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Just read that in an article! Can't get enough green, too bad its still winter here!!
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MOMINE 3/24/2014 11:24PM

    Ok, is that tree seriously giving me the finger?!? How is THAT relaxing?!?!!?!?! I want a calmer, gentler tree!!

Still, a fun, FUN blog. emoticon

emoticon ya like a SISTA!!!

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KAMMYJO3 3/24/2014 10:29PM

    Love it!!!! I have my window open at my office every day....even in the winter for the fresh air and the sound of nature in the back ground! It does soothe the soul! :)

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RACEWELLWON 3/24/2014 10:07PM

    I almost peed my pants on that second photo - lol - I will use my imagination as to what's on that tree - dragging a body - OMG - you made my night !! Thanks - Hugs Karen emoticon

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Today's Choices = Tomorrow's Results

Friday, March 21, 2014

emoticon Stop Making Excuses
emoticon Stop Saying That You Will Do It "Tomorrow"
emoticon Stop Believing That It Will Happen By Itself
emoticon Start Working Out Today - Just do what you're able to and work on being Consistent and making Improvements
emoticon Start Eating Healthy Today - Don't cut out entire Food Groups, and Don't plan to "Never eat my Favorite Food Again" Learn Portion Sizes and Savor Every Bite
emoticon Start Changing Your Life Today - Make small changes that you can live with FOREVER. No change/improvement is Too Small or Too Insignificant to help change your Life. Be Consistent

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STEVENK87 3/23/2014 1:06PM


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MOMINE 3/22/2014 11:55AM

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I especially like the last line. In spite of the tiny changes I have made that have grown exponentially in NO time at all, I still struggle with the idea that "I can't do that well enough to make any difference yet. Maybe when I am lighter....." I am getting much better at shutting the old me up and going ahead with whatever I am contemplating, but I do SOOOOO appreciate the reminder!!

Love ya, Chippy!!
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CATLADY52 3/21/2014 9:51PM

    emoticon so why do we keep putting it off? emoticon

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NASFKAB 3/21/2014 9:26PM

  way to go

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THETURTLEBEAR 3/21/2014 9:16PM

    Amen Sista!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/21/2014 9:06PM

    Excellent pep talk! Thanks! emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 3/21/2014 8:04PM

    emoticon for the pep talk.

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    Well I can say I am doing it. emoticon

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"Explore Australia" E-Mail

Thursday, February 27, 2014

I received this e-mail today from "Explore Australia" Much of what it says confirms what we on the Chair Exercise Team know through Ann's Research and our own research during the Virtual Treks on the Bibbulmun Trail last year and now in Tasmania.
emoticon I hope that the Computer lets me share the e-mail with you so that you can see for yourself what a Beautiful, Enchanting Country this is!!

emoticon Overland Track, Tasmania

The Overland Track is a 65-kilometre trek from the stunning Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest lake. While these well-known landmarks bookend the track, there’s plenty to see as you walk, including dolerite mountains and stunning flora and fauna.

Possibly Australia’s most famous walk, the Overland Track is recommended for experienced walkers. But while it may be challenging, undertaking this trek has huge scenic rewards, as you traverse Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness Area.

As well as campsites, there are simple wooden huts along the way (as Tasmania gets extremely chilly in winter) or luxury accommodation from Cradle Mountain Huts and the Cradle Mountain Huts. As the track is very popular, accommodation can get booked out quickly. Be prepared for all weather conditions – and bring a tent just in case you miss out on a spot in one of the huts.

Bibbulmun Track, Western Australia

Extending for almost 1000 kilometres from Perth to Albany, the Babylon Track is Australia’s longest adventure walk. You can complete the trek in 6–8 weeks, staying overnight at some of the 48 campsites that dot the route. If you don’t feel like camping, you can stop off for the night in some of the many towns along the route, including Balingup and Pemberton, and finishing in historic Albany.

It’s a stunning trip that allows you to sample the best of Western Australia’s south-west coast. You’ll travel through spectacular karri forests near Pemberton, pass through the Valley of the Giants where you’re dwarfed by ancient trees, and journey in around 22 reserves and national parks.

If you undertake the walk between June and October, make sure to stop for some whale-spotting as you traverse the coast in the second half of the track.

Great Ocean Walk, Tourism Victoria Great Ocean Walk, Victoria

The Great Ocean Road may be one of Australia’s best scenic drives, but you can also discover Victoria’s south coast from a different perspective – on foot. This 104-kilometre walk takes you from the holiday town of Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles, with much of the trail along the beach, and plenty of free camping sites along the way. Johanna Beach camping area, one of the most popular campsites on the Explore Australia website, is one of the free camping spots along the route.

If you don’t want to undertake the whole journey, there are recommended daytrips or abbreviated versions of the walk, including the Wreck Beach Walk.

As much of the route takes you along the string of beaches on Victoria’s south coast, the walk is susceptible to changing conditions like high tide, extreme sun and wind. There are designated points along the route where you can decide to continue walking along the coast, or take the inland route in case of adverse weather.

What’s your favourite adventure walk?

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- See more at: http://www.exploreaustralia.net.au/blog/20

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NASFKAB 3/7/2014 10:53PM


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_LINDA 2/28/2014 3:53PM

    Sure makes me want to go!! Its a dream vacation for Mother and I We are waiting for me to fully recover from all this latest arm break set backs and my eventual total arm and elbow reconstruction and hopefully with no more health problems, we can finally plan for it!
Thanks for the link and descriptions!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/28/2014 1:57PM

    Me, too... i.e. want to go "for real" one day. Have enjoyed this year's blog series as I did the one last year.

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    I want to physically go to Australia one day.

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JOANOFSPARK 2/28/2014 12:02AM

    I got one too, Jeannie.....I think we signed up for those last year when we were on the trek with Ann in Oz.......at least I know that I did..:0 of course, I started getting popups about OZ almost immediately because I kept clicking on more info on Oz.......so they knew what i was interested in......*grin* :) emoticon
You can just put the addy in the link up at top and it will show up, Jeannie.

Bibbulmun Track was especially awesome and the second one was as well.......great memories of a beautiful country. It made us feel as if we were really there in person.

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Macquarie Harbour and Sarah Island

Friday, February 21, 2014

Our Virtual Trek included a full day to cruise to Sarah Island and visit the Salmon Farms as well as the ruins of Australia's first and - according to some - Harshest Penal Settlement.

Harry Grining and his brother took their first paying customers into the Gordon River more than 100 years ago. Five Generations later, their descendants continue the Family Tradition of introducing tourists to the Serenity and Mystery of Macquarie Harbour.

The unique design of our Cruiser -- designed by the Grining Family -- ensures Passenger Comfort, as well as preserving the environment.

Sarah Island lies in the remote reaches of Macquarie Harbour. The narrow entrance to the Harbour was named "Hell's Gates" by Convicts on their way to Sarah Island.
Once there they labored under harsh conditions in the nearby rainforests, felling Huon Pines for Boat Building. During it's 11 years of operation (1822 - 1833) Sarah Island achieved a reputation as one of the Harshest Penal Settlements in the Australian Colonies. Cruel Guards, Isolation, and a lack of supplies due to the remote area contributed to the misery of Convicts sentenced to Sarah Island. Malnutrition, Dysentery, and Scurvy were common.
Any Convict attempting to escape not only had to cross the Harbour, but then had to hack his way through the nearly impenetrable rainforests on Australia's west coast. In all 112 Convicts did escape -- 62 perished, 9 were murdered by fellow Convicts, and the remaining 41 were recaptured and received an average of 40 lashes per year from the Cat O' Nine Tails

Tales of the harsh conditions and torture that the Convicts endured were brought to life vividly by our Expert Tour Guide/Story Tellers. One Convict even confessed that he murdered his Cell Mate simply because he knew that it would bring the Death Penalty -- and Escape from the misery and torment that he suffered at Sarah Island. Some of the Guides have even posted their stories on the Internet and on YouTube. Today Sarah Island is a Beautiful, Serene place and it is hard to imagine the misery that was suffered there -- until you listen to the Stories that the Guides tell.

The majority of prisoners were men, but there were a few women on Sarah Island. One of them -- Louisa -- was imprisoned there for 7 years for stealing a loaf of bread.
Later we visited the Salmon Farms. I will tell you about that in my next Blog

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WATERGOAT 2/27/2014 3:58PM

    I am loving these adventures of yours! Thanks!

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STEVENK87 2/26/2014 12:10PM

    Nice pictures and Thank you for sharing emoticon

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FANCYKAYAH 2/23/2014 9:25PM

    Good blog entry, loved it~

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MOMINE 2/22/2014 11:26AM

    I have missed several of these blogs but I am glad I saw this one. The rainbow in the first picture is amazing. The tour guide in your next to last picture kind of took me off guard. I had to couble take after the first glance. For just a split second, I thought it was really Geoff! LOL I actually toyed with the fleeting thought that you had had him pose somewhere. Hahahahahaha Thanks for the tour, they are always new information and interesting stories.

Love emoticon Ya, Chippy!!

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PHOENIX1949 2/21/2014 11:29AM

    Interesting. Fun. Appreciated.

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ALICIA214 2/21/2014 1:55AM


Looking forward to more.. Great pics too Thank you for sharing...


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Richmond Bridge and Theatre Royale

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

We are spending some Extra Time at the Lake Pedder Chalet, just absorbing the ambiance and doing some Hiking and Exploring.
I have taken advantage of one of the Tour Guides - John - who seems to be an Expert on Local Ghost Stories. One morning after Breakfast, he took me on a trip to Richmond Bridge. It was originally called Bigge's Bridge and it is the oldest Bridge in Australia that is still in use.

It was built by convicts from Sandstone quarried at Butcher's Hill and hauled by handcarts to the Bridge Site. The cutwaters were added in 1884. The Bridge is said to be haunted by several ghosts -- the most notable, according to John, is George Grover one of the most cruel of the Prison guards. He enjoyed torturing the convicts a little too much. He was allegedly thrown off the Bridge by some of the convicts that he tortured.
The ghost of a large, black and white dog -- often called "Grover's Dog" -- is said to appear next to visitors to the Bridge in the evenings. He walks beside them from one end of the Bridge to the other, then disappears as suddenly as he appears.
I could not find any pictures of Grover's Dog, so this will have to do:

John also was nice enough to take me to visit the Theatre Royale in Hobart. It opened in 1837 and is Australia's Oldest continually operating theater. It is a beautiful, grand old building and I'm sure that there are thousands of stories hidden in it's walls.
Noel Coward once called it a "Dream of a theater" and in the 1940's Lawrence Olivier launched a national appeal for it's reconstruction.

The theater is said to be haunted by a stage hand/actor named Fred. He has been seen frequently in the audience and back stage. In 1984 a fire started late at night and threatened the newly remodeled theater. It was damaged, but the building was saved from destruction when the Fire Curtain was somehow lowered across the stage, even though No One was in the building. Locals swear that Fred was there, and lowered the curtain to save his beloved theater.
Reconstruction began immediately and was funded by Public Fundraisers, Insurance, and Government Assistance.
It looks as though we will be staying here for a few more days and John has promised to tell me more Stories soon.

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  I'm still smiling at the sight of Grover's Dog!

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_LINDA 2/20/2014 12:17AM

    Love old structures with a Colorful History! Cute Ghost Dog!
Looking forward to more stories!

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CATLADY52 2/19/2014 5:20PM

    Very interesting trip you're having. emoticon

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JOANOFSPARK 2/19/2014 9:28AM

    love your stories, Jeannie......awesome......and loved the picture of the 'ghost dog' .......*giggle* cute......where will you go next, i wonder....are there more ghost stories in the works? enquiring minds wanna know......*grin*:) emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/19/2014 6:48AM

    Lots of ghosts in this post... hope the ghosts of lifestyles past stay away from us... or haunt us in healthy ways! emoticon

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DOGLADY13 2/19/2014 6:41AM

    Loved the dog! LOL

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    How very interesting. Thank you for giving us a tour. Soak it all in!

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REJ7777 2/19/2014 2:45AM

    It's great that you're enjoying your trip so much! I sure did get a chuckle out of that cute photo of the "ghost" dog. LOL! (I'm not sure how I'd feel about having a "real" ghost dog walk me across a bridge, though!) emoticon

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