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Cruising Active Transport
We left San Francisco on September 7th 2008 and are off to see the world in our Tayana 37 Pilot House cutter.
Active Transport's Photos - Deal Island
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Deal Island was our first stop in Tasmania.  It is the northern most part of the Tasmanian Park system.  This photo shows the logo of the Park system which features a Tasmanian Devil in what is apparently a typical pose.  It seems like I remember a much more cuddly version of this critter in cartoons when I was a kid.
Remember when you studied Australian geography in grade school.  I sure don
This is a closeup of the Kent Group showing Deal, Erith Islands.  You can see the location of the lighthouse on the bottom of Deal Island and the locations of west and east coves which were our two anchorages while visiting the Kent Group.  You can also see the location of Squally Cove which is shown in one of the later photographs in this album.
This is Active Transport securely anchored in east cove on Deal Island.  We searched around a bit and found some sandy bottom where our anchor could grab.  Most of the bottom here is grassy and not suitable for setting the anchor well.  There were sandy patches closer to the beach but, since we were planning on being gone for a few hours we decided being a little farther out was a good idea.
This is a well known landmark to the cruising community.  It is known as the "Telstra Bench".  It is located on the road up to the caretakers
Wallabies are everywhere on the Island but most concentrated in the fenced enclosure around the maintenance buildings.  The gate in the fence had a broken hinge so it could not be closed.  The resident wallaby population was quick to take advantage of the nicely maintained grass within the fence and moved in for dinner.
This is supposed to be a short video of a Wallaby hopping away as we walked up the road.  I dont think it uploaded as a movie and will have to figure out what the problem is.  The hopping of these critters looks like one of natures silliest experiments locomotion but you cant argue with the fact that it works and that many species of animals found in Australia are adequate testimony to its effectiveness.
The wallabies are cute and not too afraid of people.  David told us that, if you are patient, you can get them to come to you and take a lettuce leaf.
These are Cape Barren Geese.  We saw quite a few of them here.  There is another species of these birds that occurs in Western Australia.  They are very territorial and spend a lot of energy protecting their turf, especially after they have paired up.
On our last night before leaving we took the dingy ashore after dark as positioned ourselves on a log David had placed in a good Penguin watching location.  Shortly after dark the male Penguins make there way ashore and waddle and hop their way up the steep hillside to their nesting locations.  Some of their nests are several hundred yards from the beach.  We managed to catch a photo of this little group who were obviously confused by our flashlights and flash cameras.  We stopped taking photos and went back to the boat when we realized what a big source of confusion we were.  Most of these little guys were still wet when we saw them.
This shows the view from the caretakers
When David and Mary Nicholson did their first tour as caretakers on the Island they only had AC power for a couple of hours a day when they would run the old Lister one cylinder diesel.  Before they returned for this stay the parks department got a grant for the installation of a large solar array, storage batteries and inverters so now the cottage and maintenance buildings have AC power 24/7.  There are 56 solar panels of 180 watts each.  To give that some persepective, on the boat we have three 130 watt panels that can barely meet our needs on very long sunny days.  This large solar array lets David and Mary run most domestic appliances like the refrigerator, bread maker, TV, etc.
The trek up to the lighthouse was long and seemed extremely steep.  Here is John on the way down (his preferred direction).  Note the stylish hat with one side of the brim turned up in the Aussie fashion.  The uv index here is usually around 12 on a sunny day.
This is the caretakers
Mary is the gardener and has a very nice vegetable and herb garden in raised beds.  The entire garden is enclosed (even at the top) to protect the plants from birds and the harsh weather they can see here.  They were growing beans, tomatoes, potatoes, rhubarb,  pumpkins and some sort of zucchini like plant that they are not sure about.  They are waiting to see what it produces to learn what sort of plant it is.
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