It was 2017. We were celebrating our second year as full-time housesitters in Europe with a "treat" trip to New York on our way to visit folk in NZ for a few weeks. Autumn was starting to take effect in New York, with bracing temperatures that made us walk faster than usual for miles on… Continue reading Serendipitous Pavement Art – New York
This tramp saw myself and a couple of other women head into the surrounding bush area of Sentinel Rock, which is a large rocky outcrop in the Kaimai Mamaku, Forest Park. It is now considered too dangerous to climb Sentinel rock, so we viewed it from a comfy flattish area where we dined out in… Continue reading The Tuahu Kauri and Sentinel Rock trail
A while ago, I decided it was time I joined a tramping group. One that appealed and which had good reviews from other "hikers/trampers" was Pack n Boots. My first one took place in February. This group meets up most Sundays. Beginning with a meeting place either in Papamoa or Tauranga to carpool. Always a… Continue reading Hiking the Whakarewarewa Circuit
This scenic area is my go-to place for executing a reasonably easy 10km fast walk. Until I discovered a few inclines and steps to throw in to keep my heart rate elevated. Though it isn't all about racing around trying to look like an overheated fitness fanatic. It includes enjoying the various birdlife and bush… Continue reading The Waikareao Estuary Walk & Kōrero
Visualise yourself tramping in misty mountains, emerald fjords, ancient fern-cloaked forests, cascading waterfalls and kilometres of half empty black and white sandy beaches. By the way, we call hiking "tramping", down here in New Zealand. One of the main reasons I am writing this post is my personal experience in seeing visitors unprepared for tramping. … Continue reading Want to go Hiking in New Zealand?
As you know, it is the prime picnic season here in New Zealand. Even though it is Autumn our temperatures are still screaming "summertime". Remember my post about picnics? If not, here it is; Cake Crumbs and Beach Sand. Well, this got me thinking about the good old common sandwich. Which would be a delight… Continue reading The Everlasting Sandwich
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” — William Shakespeare Volunteering is something I have done throughout my life for various reasons. At the present time, the question I needed to answer was; "What was I going to do with myself now that we weren't… Continue reading The Value of Volunteering