Road Tripping with my Mom
When I returned to Tasmania in late 2011 after 17 months overseas, my Mom came with me! Like many mothers and daughters who have a little too much in common, we do our share of bickering, but this trip is one I will always treasure. My mom was 75 then...but I wasn't about to factor age into our itinerary;-)
Since my Mom grew up on a remote island herself, and still calls Newfoundland home, I knew she’d love the place I chose to make my home. I was right. We only had just over two weeks, which had to include some unpacking and visiting old friends too. That's not nearly enough time for a place as diverse as Tassie, but I did my best to show her some highlights. My flat is in Launceston so we started there.
We day-tripped to Narawntapu National Park on the North Coast. Mom was definitely in her element there.
Then we set off exploring more of the state. I can't believe I didn't take any pictures of our tent. It was Mom's first time camping in more than 30 years! I eased her in with my expedition down sleeping bag, two sleeping pads, and campgrounds with lots of amenities. She slept great! We spent a couple days doing walks at Cradle Mountain National Park:
We checked out Freycinet National Park, Bicheno and the Bay of Fires on the East Coast.
We made the obligatory Hobart trip too, just to prove that Launceston is better;-)
My mom is 77 now, and still as restless as ever:) I'm so thankful we got to take this trip together!
Now, to convince her to come back so she can see the West Coast...!
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