The Grizzly Bear and I went out for a drive last weekend because we wanted to make the most out of the glorious sunshine that bathed the Capital. It was decided we’d drive up the coast (Kapiti area) and find someplace to have lunch ,sit around a bit more and then drive back to the city. We brought enough food with us – we had half a chicken each, 2 bottles of Lemon Lime and Bitters, a big 2L bottle of water and a bit of leftover orange juice. I thought we’d be having a picnic at Raumati Beach or perhaps at one of those little rest areas you see at the side of the road. No. The Grizzly Bear, apparently, had something else in mind.
After a brief pit-stop at Otaki, we turned back and headed towards the city. However instead of going straight to Wellington, the Grizzly Bear turned left at Otaki Gorge Road. He said he knows of a really nice picnic spot in that area. I figured, since we weren’t really following a schedule, why on earth not? So we drove on until we reached the Otaki Forks Area. At that point, I was mentally going “uh-oh” because I kinda knew what was coming up next — a hike up a hill.
And true to form, that’s what we did – we followed a trail, crossed a big swing bridge, walked down a hill, clomped across a flat area, turned left at a marker, walked through little streams, crossed a larger swing bridge, trudged up a hill …
and then … after wandering about for around 30 to 40 minutes, The Grizzly Bear said we’ve reached our destination – and it was worth it. We were surrounded by nature, no cell phone coverage, no cars, no people, no noise – it was just us and nature.
We stayed at the picnic area (for lack of a better term) for about an hour – just appreciating our surroundings and absorbing the warm rays of the sun. At about 3:00, we decided it was time to head back – the road back to Otaki was a bit narrow, and The Grizzly Bear wanted to be on the highway before nighttime so, we packed up – made sure that “we left nothing but footprints” and headed back home.
On our way back, just after we crossed the narrow swing bridge, we stopped for a few minutes just so The Grizzly Bear could show me where we had our picnic. I’ve marked it on the photo above.
No, it wasn’t a bad day and to be totally honest, I actually enjoyed the walk and would love to do it again. 🙂