I needed to get up before 5 am to catch the ferry, but what a treat for Raf to take
Q: Why did the weka shriek before the sun came up? A: Because he can. To be fair there were
A couple of kids do arrive last night, just as the sun goes down behind a mountain. They bring good
Tui and Sam’s loud morning stretch greet the day, overcast, just how I like it. It’s a different world down
I sleep well outside. It’s cooler and the stars come out, diamonds displayed on black velvet. There’s no relief from
“It’s hard to be more perfect than right now,” says Steve as we sit on his beautiful deck overlooking a
Today is my second side trip, to beautiful Abel Tasman park. Steve makes a plan and we head out with
Maggie brings me outside when I wake up to show me my good luck charm – a rainbow. Cary joins
The hut rattles and shakes in the wind, but when I step outside for the loo, it’s not cold. I
I grab two bars, pack Olive Oyl and head up Purple Top before sunrise. A family of goats meets me
I awake with a jolt from nightmares. I’d gone home trying to explain what I’m doing and then had one
This morning I wake up on the edge of Mount Richmond Forest Park and say goodbye to this glorious –
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do. With your one
Charley’s alarm wakes me around 5. He has plans to cross both passes today – and I’m sure he’ll do
Rain spatters the windows as the sky lightens, though wind seems to have stilled. Snoring and adjusting keeps me awake,
Kuba’s alarm wakes us in the morning. Usually just the sunrise gets me up, but last night there was a
It rains all night and I wake up so glad I walked both passes in reasonably good weather and that
The morning begins cloudy, chilly, but no rain. I am up first, packed and ready to leave this over-stuffed hut.
The moonlight filled the tiny windows of the hut as I slept. The first morning I’m not flying out of
My alarm goes off at 5:30 playing Billy McGlaughlin’s Finger Dance on full volume, but it’s still dark. I can
The rain slashed against the windows all night. Was it wind making it sound heavier than it is or will
I slept in late on this well deserved break day staying at a friend of a friend’s bach – pronounced
Alessio and I close up the bach, pack up and head to the road by 7 to hitch rides –
I know the joy of fishes in the river through my own joy, as I go walking along the same
Such a lovely night with brilliant stars and later a crescent moon on her side. People arrive late and release
The wild wind blew open the door of the hut, even after we placed a rock to hold it shut.
It’s cozy on my bunk as the sky begins to lighten. I’m up first heading to the longdrop on a