Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project
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.
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)