Waiohine River, at the base of Totara Flats Hut

Easter Weekend Walk (Holdsworth – Kaitoke Track)

Guess who spent three full days out in the bush on Easter Weekend? Yes, you got it! Pretty little princess me! I know! I can’t believe that I went on another tramp – a real one this time (Tramping Partner insists that the first one he took me on was just a sampler, and not the real thing) – and guess what. Not only did I enjoy the Holdsworth-Kaitoke Track (well, I think I did anyway), I have … once again … survived to tell the tale.

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Manila Bay at daybreak

Mabuhay! Welcome to the Philippines!

A few weeks ago, a photographer friend and I went on a 2-week photo-tour in the Philippines (yes, my country of birth). We spent a week in Cebu, a day in Bohol, a weekend in Albay, a day in Corregidor, and the rest of the time was spent in Manila. It’s quite exciting because, to be totally honest, even though I spent the first 31 years of my life there, I really haven’t been to Cebu, nor Bohol, nor Albay (to see the Mayon Volcano) nor Corregidor (which is about a 2-hour ferry ride from Manila Bay).

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Map at the start of the walk

Tiptoeing on the Tip Track

Went on a 2-hour-tramp this afternoon. I needed to try out my new tramping boots and increase my fitness level so I’d be prepared to take on Tongariro in about three weeks. The closest track to home is the Tip Track or the Te Kopahou Reserve. I’ve been told that, even though it will be steep in some places, it’ll be generally a fairly cruise-y walk – and I suppose, in a way, it was. Yeah, I still huffed and puffed for most of the way but I made it to the top in one piece. In an ideal world, I should be walking uphill without stopping but, since I have my camera and there were lovely views – I paused every so often … to catch my breath, have a drink of water and take some pictures! :)

Here are some of the lovely things you’ll see if you walk the Tip Track.

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Brendan McCullum

Wicked Wickets!

On Friday, 20th February 2015, I did the unthinkable. I actually watched a LIVE Cricket Match! And not just any cricket match, mind you — an ICC Cricket World Cup one at that! I know … I know …. What is happening to the world?! First I go on three-day tramps, then I buy tramping shoes (and not high-heeled boots), and now I’m watching a game I thought would be as interesting as watching paint dry. Tsk tsk … but you know what, stranger things have happened so me going to a Cricket match isn’t such a big deal.

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No, that's NOT the Orongorongo River

On to Orongoro …

Sturdy Shoes

I’ve just finished applying wax on my *ehem* new tramping shoes. I had sore toes after the tramp last week and I was told by more experienced trampers that, although my shoes were “all right”, they weren’t exactly the best pair for long distance tramping. They weren’t big enough to accommodate my feet when they swelled and my toes were pushing against the tips when walking and when going downhill. If i didn’t want to have black toe-nails (who would want to have those?) and if I would be, as was discussed last weekend, go on other tramps, then I should invest in shoes that would protect my feet. So yesterday … I bought these beauties! I figured, if I’m going to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in mid-March, I might as well get the proper shoes and break them in so that they’d feel ultra comfy on the day itself.

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