Heaphy Track, Kahurangi National Park
Trip Start Jan 14, 2008
20Trip End Feb 21, 2008
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One of the pleasures of this tramp was meeting Ian (78) and Stan (80), two retired NZ school principals from the North Island, both doing the Heaphy for the first time, who inspired and educated us the entire way with bits of NZ history and info on Maori culture and language. Our tarp again saved us, as we cooked and ate our second evening meal in a deluge which lasted hours. For the most part, though, the weather was fine. We are truly happy campers.
Sidney's Take-- As Mom said, the Heaphy was great. We watched birds, enjoyed Dr. Seuss- like "Truffula trees" that actually resembled them, and got bitten by THE SANDFLIES!! They're a voracious lot, and I now look like I have chicken pox. Now we're relaxing, and eating (as we fantasized on the trail) greasy chips (fries), biscuits (cookies), and Ice Cream. Sadly, no strawberry ripple. We had been speculating on the elections, and now that we know that Obama won SC by a landslide, beating Hillary 2-1, we think things are looking brighter. Yeah, I do pay attention to politics. Anyway, that's about all from overseas. Now to Dad...
82k. 5 days. Sunshine, warm, cold, sandflies, gorgeous views, rain, sore feet, tired legs, icy baths. Rain forests, river crossings on wire bridges, attacks by ferocious oyster catchers, attacks by more ferocious sandflies. Mountain crossings, pounding surf, crazy bird songs. Two old men who weren't old at all. Germans, Brits, Aussies, Kiwis, dishonest Californians and us.--jp