Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A few pictures of when William came to visit Tasmania a couple of months ago

Fishing with the family from a "Tinnie"

Just getting around to posting these pictures. William, my youngest brother, came over for about a week and half before the sailing trip. We played some xbox and I took him on a lot of missions around the state. We did some hiking where I think I made him puke, some sea kayaking with the sharks, and a lot of fishing. Can't wait to take the other half of the family on some fun missions around Tasmania.

William and I fishing from the kayaks.

More fishing

Just some boring scenery.

William contemplating life on one of the top ten beaches of the world.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Superheroes seen kayaking local Tassie river

The second weekend of October means it's the Teva Lea Extreme Race again. For Lora and I it's a chance to paddle down a nice river with a bunch of other kayakers. The whole event is a fun packed weekend where we eat and drink lots of food and liquid refreshments and oh yea for 10 to 15 minutes we try to get down a two km section of whitewater as fast as we can in teams of two. Well of course Lora and I teamed up again. How lucky am I to have a wife that is a bad ass kayaker? We really are not that competitive and the true spirit of the event for us is the costume competition.

Last year some of you may remember that we went as a bull and runner from the running of the bulls in Spain. Everyone thought I was a French guy and Lora was a cow. Ok well apparently they do not know about the running of the bulls here in Tasmania so this year we thought we would go as something that no one would miss. As you can see from the photos we went as Superman and Superwoman. Kate and Matt will especially appreciate the fact that the costumes were made totally of duct tape. I spent about 4 hours working on them over two evenings with Lora lending a hand on the tricky S's. Another funny thing is that of course duct tape is expensive over here for some apparent reason so I ended up spending about $70 on them.

We also put coat hangers in the cape parts so that we could bend them up to make it look like we were really fast kayakers. It worked. Everyone really loved them and they looked great.

Here we are below one of the drops on the race. If you look closely at my cape you can see how it looks like it's flapping behind me.

At the presentation dinner we were rewarded for our efforts with $200 to spend at kayak4play.com.au and the knowledge that we may not have been the fastest pair on the river that day but we were certainly the best looking. Besides isn't that what kayaking is all about?

Friday, October 05, 2007

Our 2 Year Anniversary

For those of you that actually have a life and may have let the 1st of October slip by without thinking it was an important day I'm happy to remind you that it was Lora and my 2nd wedding anniversary. We still remember the great party that was our wedding and think of all of the people that made it special whether they were able to attend or not.

Of course most of you will never guess how we spent our day together this year... that obvious huh? Of course we went kayaking! We ended up going down a beautiful section of the Plenty river only 30 mins from town. It's finally been raining here so the river was at a great level. We had a blast. We ended up paddling with 4 other Tassie boaters and enjoyed a 15 km run. As usual Lora styled all of the lines. I'm not sure how she's able to stay a good kayaker when she only gets to paddle 10 days a year.

I've included two pictures... the only two we took all day because the river was of a continuous nature and we were having too much fun to stop and take a picture. The first is of the two of us with our AWESOME dry-suits many of you gave to us for a wedding present. I know I've said it before but every time we put them on we think of all of you and HOW MUCH YOU ALL ROCK!

The second picture is of course the take out. Pretty boring but there you go.

Then we checked into a swanky hotel right on the waterfront in Hobart. We were going to go out for dinner but the two story hotel room was too nice and the restaurant next door did the room service for the place so we just ordered in. It was a great way to spend our day together. A nice river, good food, and a great view of the harbor from our bed.