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.