Smuggler's Den Campground
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... map this level of hike is notated in RED). So, we select an area called: “The Perpendicular”.
The Perpendicular Trail was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1933-34. Boulders were laid end-to-end to form an easier walking path along with rock steps and ramps. To make the newly placed stones blend more quickly with their natural surroundings, the crew covered the stones with local moss and planted ferns along the edges. ...
... I was included and welcomed and introduced with a level of graciousness that I have come to truly appreciate from New Zelanders.
Terri and Jim saw me off in style by an overnight boat trip on their Catamaran Fiesta. We headed off , on a glorious summer afternoon, to Waiheke Island. This is a fairly large Island outside of Auckland where small coves, vineyards, towns and private estates abound. Couldn't leave ...
... so we bow to their greater knowledge and gladly take tips on the best places to visit over the next couple of days. Our gratefulness of having our very own tourist information guide on site is balanced by our weariness after our full day’s drive. We bid our goodbyes and start the trek up those three flights of stairs. Once we have conquered those, the safety harnesses are prepared to keep us safe on Mount ...
... they are looking at. Back into the museum to their touch tank (with sea animals provided by Diver Ed as it happens, a graduate of the college) and a discussion on different things there. Cue more touching and holding by the boys! So, the boys are now experts on sea bottom marine life!
We had a little browse round the Bar Harbor shops afterwards and had a treat of some delicious fudge from one shop as an alternative to ice creams and ...
... came by a lake called Long Pond. There were people swimming, kayaking and canoeing. I initially was just going to wade in but it felt so good that I went all the way in! It felt wonderful! I had forgotten how good it feels to be fully immersed in cool lake water on a beautiful day! Gotta do that more often for sure.