Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Pirongia - Humble Beginnings

This is the start of something!!  Not a blog series or anything, but the start of something else!!  Anyone remember back to number 28 of my  40 before 40 list?? Neither really, i have to look at it weekly to remind myself of what's on the darn thing!!
Well number 28 is to climb Mount Pirongia and Rangitoto, and just last week, we did a wee teensy warm up!!

We loaded ourselves down with packed the bare, bare essentials (kids, nappies, changes of clothes, snacks, water, wet wipes, sunscreen, hats, front pack, kiddy harness, picnic lunch, dummies (as in pacifiers not mannequins), blankets) and drove the 30min drive to the base of the ancient volcano, Mount Pirongia!!

We chose a short walk (1 hour) that we thought we could manage, aware that Lachy would end up being carried at some point, (Olly was snuggled up to me in the front pack) and set off into the wilderness!! (For the record, we're not Cub Scouts or crazy bush folk, we followed a path, it's just that 'set off into the wilderness' sounds so much more exciting and romantic!)

The rest of this post is a bit of a photo dump (excuse the quality of the pics, i was too busy pretending to be fit to hold the camera steady).  The point is we had fun, we were amazed with the Beauty and Stillness of Pirongia, and Lachy was flippen' amazing, managing to walk just over half way!!

Lotsa creepy critters in the dead trees...

Getting their walk on!

Amazingly tall trees!  Lachy loved them!

Snug as a bug in a tree trunk!

Lotsa info signs for greenhorns like myself

Trying to get a pic of monkey in a tree hollow...Fail!

Our beautiful ferns

Proof i was there...Don't be hating on the sunhat!!



Lunch time!!!

And then i asked Hubby to get a nice pic of me for my blog post...these were the pics that i got to choose from....

Thanks Hubby....(At least Olly looked gorgeous in all of them!!)

Renee  :)

'Not all who wander are lost'

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