A few friends of mine are setting up a WAN around our Lenah Valley, a few of the other links have been checked out. Today we investigated the link from my place. It was always going to be a bit harder for my place, as there is a bit of a hill in the way, so we have opted for a 900MHz link. The initial test using the built in antenna worked well enough to give us a theoretical 3Mb/s. Whilst thats not much, it was also from just standing at the front door holding the antenna by hand. Hopefully with a more directional antenna we'll be able to get some more speed out of it.
First stop will be a yagi antenna :
There are lots of websites around for finding out if there is an Aurora likely to happen in the the northern or southern hemisphere, but this one is the easiest one I've found so far.
I read an interesting blog today that reminded of the last 2 years I worked at Aurora Energy, this isn't exactly what working there was like, but it was pretty darn close. I chose option 1 though :P
I've finally got around to moving the last of my wordpress site over to ikiwiki. The only issue was the lack of an easy way to change the post time, ikiwiki uses the git commit time, which is annoying to change. It is possible to do, but is messy, so I've just chucked them across.
Next up is figuring out how to change the styling ...
Original Date: February 25, 2013 – 5:50 pm We did a walk into Frenchmans Cap over 2 nights. The first night was friday night, we arrived at the carpark around 8pm and walked in to the campsite near the suspension bridge (near the Lodden river?). We set up camp at around 10pm with a bunch of mosquitos helping out.
The next morning we walked towards the hut … the new section of track bypassing the Lodden plains was open, so it was interesting to see that. We reached the hut at Lake Vera just before lunch and set up camp in one of the tent sites. A quick lunch and we started up towards Frenchmans .. the plan was to climb the summit and get back to our tents. After walking along the lake side path, the climb up to Barron’s Path begins, this is a reasonable climb and by the time we got to the pass we knew we weren’t going to make it to the mountain and back before dark. We certainly weren’t keen on descending from Barron’s pass in the dark, as the track is quite steep and narrow in sections.
So instead we took our time on the pass taking photos, chatting and soaking up the view (and sun, it was a hot day). At least now we know that none of us are young or fit enough to do a 2 day climb of Frenchmans anymore. We went back to camp and settled in the for the night … standard procedure for us is going to the helipad and sun baking and eating all the food we don’t want to carry out.
The next day was stinking hot, and I’m pretty sure I was suffering dehydration … usually I can power up hills without any trouble, but this particular day I really struggled, and was well behind everyone else, having to stop every 5 – 10 mins to cool off. Things got better after we’d reached the top of the last big climb and we entered some forested parts of the track, which was a lot cooler.
Original Date: April 3, 2013 – 9:37 am Day 2 of our stay in Cradle involved sleeping in and a long breakfast. This morning I realised that the cabin we are staying in is surrounded by native pepper berry bushes. Some of them might find their way into my dinner tonight The rest of the morning was spent reading and practicing taking wildlife photos on the currawongs (I think) that inhabit the area.
Eventually we got moving around lunch time and wandered over to the nearest restaurant to book for tomorrow night followed by a walk along ‘The Enchanted Walk’. Its a pretty quick walk, at 20 mins, and is dead flat and duck boarded or bitumen the whole way. It follows a river upstream for a few hundred metres, then crosses at a bridge and comes back.
After that we went down to Dove Lake and did the loop around the lake. The weather was pretty crappy (as you’ll be able to see in the photos) but it is a really nice walk. We went along the Hansons Peak (mmmbop) side, clockwise around the the lake. I was also playing with a new lens for my camera, and it is the wrong lens for that sort of thing, so I didn’t get many photos. Luckily the weather was crap anyway and everything was covered in cloud most of the time.
Tomorrow morning is supposed to be clear so hopefully I can get some nice photos tomorrow.
Original Date: April 2, 2013 – 8:57 am After arriving at the Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village, we unpacked our gear and went looking for a short walk to do. The weather was pretty rainy so we went for the Dove Canyon Circuit, which is about 2.5 hours around.
We started started out in the direction of Snake Hill, which took us through some button grass plains before turning off onto the circuit track. The track is pretty rough in places, mainly overgrown so there is a fair bit of pushing through bushes. There was also a really steep downhill section as you head down towards the canyon.
The track continues around following the river, and you eventually get to a number of falls. As we passed one of the smalled falles, a wombat came tearing across the track in front of Jules, then sat still long enough to get a few pictures
If you just wanted to see the falls its about 10 minutes from the ranger station, but instead of taking the right hand side track towards Snake Hill, you can take the other end of the loop, for us it was about 2 hours from the station as we went around the long way.
Original Date: April 4, 2013 – 7:57 am The last full day we had at Cradle we did a big loop around. Starting at Ronnie Creek, we went up the Horse Track past Crater lake. Up to Kitchen Hut, along the Face Track and then down to the Rangers Hut. From there up to Hansons Peak and back down to Dove lake carpark. In summer you can use the shuttle buses to get you to/from the various carparks. The loop took us about 5 hours with a couple of stops at the nicer spots. The lookout down to Crater Lake is amazing, sadly my photos don’t do it justice. Likewise looking up to Cradle from the face track. We were thinking about climbing Cradle on the way through, but unfortunately it was clouded over. Of course it cleared up when we got further around towards Hansons Peak :P
This was the first time for both of us to walk the Horse track, I think if I were going back it would be the way I would go. Its a bit longer and a bit higher than the Marions lookout track, but it isn’t as steep … which is nicer with a pack on your back.
Original Date: July 23, 2012 – 11:35 pm
We went into Ubud for dinner, the place we are staying had a shuttle bus which makes life a bit easier. Seeing as there are no metered taxis out this way you have to negotiate a price up front every time you need a taxi, the price is pretty good, but the negotiation process can be tiresome after a long day. We got the shuttle in and headed down one of the main streets, Monkey Forest Rd, so called because of …. the money first at the bottom of it. It is packed with shops, I don’t think I have ever seen so many wooden penis bottle openers in my life. After doing the stretch of shops we went back up to the top of the road and went to a restaurant called Cafe Lotus. It had fantastic food and drinks.
And we finally got our Pina Coladas! The restaurant was also running a ceremony up the back of the area, but we were too tired to go watch, and the drinks were too nice
We were right near the Royal cremation ceremony, so we could hear the festivities. Apparently one of the last royals of a line had died, so it was quite a big thing, as they wouldn’t be another ceremony for someone of that caste again. It is also Ramadan at the moment we have been told. We headed home on the hotel shuttle bus and jumped in the pool for a dip before going to bed.
Original Date: July 28, 2012 – 3:37 pm
We spent most of the day (27/7/12) in the pool, James was at a Balinese cooking course (from Bumbu Bali restaurant) so we were taking it easy. We were thinking about going to a water park, but ended up liking being at the hotel pool more. We went down the beach front to a beach club with its own pool for lunch called Paon.
We got a taxi into Kuta late in the afternoon, it was packed full of Australians watching football and yelling, I am glad we stayed out where we did. Thre were some good shops though and we found a nice looking restaurant for dinner. They had some pretty interesting meals, Jules got satays which looked really good.
We went back to the hotel and realised we had a heap of spirits leftover, we finished them off (and are paying for it today) on the balcony while a wedding or something was happening around the hotel pool.
It was a pretty good last night, James and Andrew have one more night, but they get fireworks apparently, therewas a note on our bed to let us know itwas happening today.
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