Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project

This week at Macquarie Island: 6 July 2012

Choc chip cookies travel 1500 km

A few weeks ago we enjoyed some freshly baked choc chip cookies.

One of the expeditioner’s mums had been organised enough to send down her daughter's favourite recipe for choc chip cookies which made its way to our chef, Maria.

Master chef Maria then whipped up a fairly large batch and we all enjoyed a special treat. Only later did we find the true level of effort gone to by this mum who had actually shopped for all the ingredients in Hobart and managed to get these on the boat too. Impressive. Luckily the slight embarrassment suffered by the daughter was only short lived.

Winter

At the start of June our trip out to the hunting blocks was definitely a challenging one. The two day trip down to Hurd Point was certainly slowed by plenty of fresh snow and high winds. And even when the snow had stopped, the snow drifts seemed to deepen with each extra few kilometres hiked. However, what seemed to be the start of a very long winter was soon looking far more promising. After a few days we were presented with about a week of almost perfect winter conditions. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets dependent on which side of the island you were working, some clear and sunny skies, and yes the best: no wind. The stillness actually took a little while to get used to as it has been such a rare event. Lakes had exact reflections of the surrounding mountains, mist streamed around the coastline and conversations could be held with fellow hunting partners. It was all good.

Lauren Koehler (MIPEP Hunter)

Karen and her choc chip cookies
Karen and her choc chip cookies
(Photo: Lauren Koehler)
Katie the dog keeping warm at Caroline Cove covered in blankets
Katie keeping warm at Caroline Cove
(Photo: Lauren Koehler)
Mango travelling up the grassy slope from Hurd Point
Mango travelling up the grassy slope from Hurd Point
(Photo: Lauren Koehler)
Dog Handler, Steve, enjoys the last few moments of daylight
Dog Handler, Steve, enjoys the last few moments of daylight
(Photo: Lauren Koehler)
Dave B taking a photo of himself at Prion Lake
Dave B taking a photo of himself at Prion Lake
(Photo: Dave Bone)
Water tank hut
Water tank hut
(Photo: Karen Andrew)
Dog kennels in the field
Dog kennels in the field
(Photo: Karen Andrew)
Finn the dog having a drink with head stuck in snow
Finn having a drink
(Photo: Karen Andrew)
Karen out hunting
Karen out hunting
(Photo: Karen Andrew)
Finn the dog takes a nap in grass with beautiful landscape of grass and fog behind
Wake up Finn
(Photo: Karen Andrew)