Camping at Karakiriki Bible Camp!
Trip Start Nov 22, 2010
53Trip End May 20, 2011
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We arrived at Karakirki on February 25th after staying a night at a holiday park inside of Hamilton. Yes, there is more then one Hamilton in the world, and no we have not made our way to Ontario! We met the camp director and were shown were we will sleep for a month. Yay! A bed, a tv, and a bathroom! This is luxury to us! The camp is a smallish camp with the average group being around 80 people. For the most part Kaitlyn has been helping in the kitchen and sometimes being head Chef! She always finishes the day smelling like onions! Derek has been working on some of the activities such as sighting in new pellet guns, fixing bmx bikes, and fixing chainsaws and tractors
Holiday camps don't start up again until the end of April but school groups quite often come and stay for a few days at a time. Unfortunately, 2 of these groups have been choral groups and have heard way too much harmonizing of Baa Baa Black sheep, Mary had a little lamb, Don't stop believing, and We will rock you. Rarely will we hear the whole song but maybe 10 words repeated 40 times!
On our days off we have done quite a few exciting things! For one day, we traveled 20 minutes west towards Raglan where Derek rented a surfboard and hit the waves for the first time in New Zealand! The first hour was ridiculously tiring! Paddling out from the beach diving through wave after wave to get out far enough to catch a wave only to turn around, paddle, stand up, and bite it in the classiest way possible...such grace right? After that hour things turned around and started to stand on the board and ride a wave in! There was a moment when all was silent, only me and the ocean. Looking up at the green rolling hills, cliffs, golden beach, it was pretty surreal until you finally bite it and snort a pile of salt water! It was a really amazing experience overall! I'd like to do a trip to fully geared to learning how surf some day! Kaitlyn manned the body board and showed everyone in the water how its done
Later on in the week we got a chance to go caving with the camp director and one of his cave guiding assistants. Kaitlyn was slightly nervous as she has dealt with claustrophobia at times. She did very well and no one would have ever known! The cave was around 3km in length. Sometimes walking fully upright and sometimes down crawling on your elbows army style through water up to your neck with extremely slimy mud! Crawling through an area called "The Keyhole" was quite challenging. It required climbing straight down and squeezing in between rocks you would never guess you could fit through! There were a number of rooms to discover along the way. Most had many formations of limestone along the roof and floor of the room. At one point we both had to crawl sideways through 2 of these formations, both nearing panic as we got stuck! Definitely an experience to remember! Unfortunately a camera would have aided in the getting stuck process so we will have to snag some photos from the director sometime to share the experience with you!
We also managed to go on a bit of a hike out in the Pirongia Forest. We got a map of the forest at the camp and decided to hike to Nz's tallest native tree! Along the drive, we accidentally found a landmark that Kate's brother told us to find..
We look forward to exploring more of the Waikato countryside, and serving at the camp! God has stretched us in so many ways and we look forward to learning and exploring even more in our last 2 months!!