1.13.2007

Aches, Pains, and the Top of Another Mountain



Hey all! Baby G blogging to you again, after a 6 hour tramp in the Orongaronga Mountains. We managed to pull ourselves bright and early this morning, and drive about an hour to what became our "base camp." The whole way, we were all using the power of positive thinking to keep away the rain clouds that lingered overnight, and were threatening us from a far. (We were mostly lucky.) We then began our very, very, very, very STEEP climbing expedition. Jason informed us that on some of the more popular walks, the Department of Conservation (DOC) will move away a lot of the brush, and basically make the pathways more navigable. -Not this walk. We were sweating getting up this mother! There was a group of seven of us in all, and a very nice group of people. -All of them were more experienced than Dizzle or I in the great outdoors. As a result, he and I warded off any potential attacks to the rear of the group from wild pigs, by staying close to the back of the pack. ;)


After a brief lunch at the top, amidst the clouds (yes, we were that high up, that we were walking through a cloud!) we started the long descent down. Which provided a whole new set of challenges. -Especially when navigating very deep mud, slick tree roots, and our own general clumsiness. We were tired, sweaty, muddy, exhausted, and very proud of ourselves for having succesfully accomplished our first official New Zealand tramp! So many of you were in our thoughts today, and would've loved it. The scenery in this country is so incredibly beautiful, it takes my breath away. -Or the altitude does it. hmpf.


Now we're going to order some fast food, and hope that tomorrow our bodies won't be too sore.


10 comments:

Paul said...

Great job, mountaineers!

Ooh, tell us about the chance to try NZ fast food. What was it like? What are the favorites there?

Baby G & Dizzle said...

Dude, google "Burgerfuel" or "Burger Fuel Menu". We didn't get anything with beetroot, but the stuff we HAVE tried is great. A little pricey, but the burgers are as bug as one's HEAD!

Baby G & Dizzle said...

As "BIG"! Sorry - typo - I'm a dork. :)

Lady T said...

Congrats on getting to the top and down again. Sure glad someone was looking out for those wild pigs.

Melisa K. said...

whoa. glad you made it. thanks for the pics--breathtaking.

MassageAct said...

Looks like it's a bit different from slogging the hills of Adams Morgan or Columbia Heights. BTW I checked out the Burgerfuel site - with one small exception, it could be located anywhere here! Looks like you are having a blast - keep up the blog!

Baby G & Dizzle said...

MassageAct:
1. What's the exception? Beetroot?
2. Who are you? There are only two masseuses we know of, and we're glad to hear from either! If it's Lisa, please give our love to Steve and have a great New Year! If it's Al, break a leg on the new show and keep us posted! (Regardless of which one this is, kick Ice-T's ass for us when/if you see him!)

suzy-q76 said...

Wow, city folk in the outback, impressive! (yeah, I know it's australia and new zealanders are probably not cool with calling their land the outback, but what else do I call it, the woods?, the mountain? not as impressive sounding), but anyway, I digress. Good job keeping up on the posts, I'm liking this whole living vicariously through the two of you thing! Take care! Miss ya and love you both!

suzy-q76 said...

maybe I'll just go with the big, steep, crazy f***ing mountain! Does that sum it up?

Anonymous said...

Hey Suzy-Q

Its bush, i.e "we're going bush for the weekend", I relise that probably could mean a few different things to you guys!

Leigh