Trip Start Sep 06, 2004
Trip End May 22, 2005

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Friday, October 29, 2004

Well I spent 4 days in Raglan as it was so beautiful and such a calming place. I have to say that the beds here were the best I have slept in so far, they just molded you.
Most days I got up had some brekkie and then went for a walk up into the mountain or down to the coast.
The activities there were great; you had a sports barn which had table tennis, hoops, basket ball or netball, depending where you came from. Rugby and soccer balls. You had a flying fox, which I loved and went on at least 6 times a day, at night it was like being on the star ship enterprise because as you went down, nestled in the banks on either side were glow worms.
There was a rope course and if you wanted you could go and help the guys clear a massive pine forest. Chopping wood with a big axe so cool. Of course you had to sign "I'm a lumberjack"!
Once a day Tim would drive down to the very small town, so that you could top up with supplies.
One night there were a few of us sitting on the veranda having a beer and just chatting, when an owl landed in a branch right next to us, I was quite surprised as it had landed right in the path of the spot light. I asked Sam (a real lumberjack or even an arborist) if he new what it was and he told us that it was a Morpork owl and to see one this close was kind of special. The owl stayed there for ages and he was stunning.
Staying up in the lodge was great and every day the surrounding area looked total different depending on the weather. As you can see from the photos it was a beautiful place and I hope to return there at some point.
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