The Best Forest Ever

Because I’m running out of time to write new posts, I’m going to bridge the remaining with captioned pictures and short explanations. Lots will be left out, but you guys probably won’t mind. 🙂

The following is a summary of the best forest section so far. It had three huts and so took us four days to hike through. We loved it. I was very, very afraid of day 3 because it was said to be 12 km, 10 hours–which would have to be so hard it would be worse than anything we had faced. I had been bracing and prepping myself for several days about this forest, praying I could make it through that day.

It was the most beautiful trees and plants. It had the most wonderful summit views and both summits were easy ascents. The huts were awesome. We loved it all.

Also, we met another couple Te Araroa hikers, Lindsay and Cory–from Florida (USA). G and I have been asked if we are the American couple, and we decided a couple weeks ago we weren’t. Turns out it’s Lindsay and Cory. Lindsay showed up at the second hut only an hour before sunset. She had left Cory at the Bog Inn Hut in a dispute and pushed through to the second hut. We met Cory the following night at the 3rd hut–he having pushed through to skip the second hut. Lindsay arrived to find us having built a pretty hot fire in the wood stove–we wanted to cook our dinner on it…and the hut was huge! It needed a lot of heat to be warm enough for G; plus, we were hoping we might get it warm enough to still be warm in the morning. We have many hilarious memories of Lindsay trying to cope with the rather extreme heat we had created….even I was in just underwear and a light tanktop when she arrived. Hahaha… 🙂 too bad you guys weren’t there to share the great deal of laughter. In the third hut (our second with Lindsay), we didn’t make such a fire….

DSC09601
Track started on a cycle path which was well groomed
DSC09602
Our trail took us off the bike track to summit a mountain and then returned us to the bike track. The forest was awesome.
DSC09614
The trees were enchanted with childhood fairy tales.
DSC09628
This was the easiest and most beautiful summit we’ve done.
DSC09639
Full views in every direction.

DSC09661

DSC09647
We left the summit after lunch to head to Bog Inn Hut.
DSC09620
THe forest continued to be awesome.

DSC09613

DSC09685
Bod Inn Hut!! Our first official hut!!!
DSC09688
The inside of this hut was super cool. Very rustic.
DSC09705
A mirror!! (something we get very infrequently)
DSC09691
Plenty of bunks to pick from!
DSC09701
Built 1960 by the Forest Research Institute
DSC09687
Did some laundry (gotta keep those panties clean)
DSC09723
The next day took us on to the second hut. Still in awesome trees.
DSC09770
Another summit
DSC09783
This summit didn’t have views, so we ate our nuts and fruit by the sign.
DSC09785
Track heads back down to the trees
DSC09800
We get lost!! Backtrack…
DSC09803
No wonder why…
DSC09827
Sweet trees
DSC09853
Yes, that’s my butt; but it was necessary to help you understand what an ‘ascent’ is. STEEP
DSC09860
More cool trees
DSC09866
Hut number 2!
DSC09869
Way luxurious compared to Bog Inn! Not many pictures because we were busy taking bathes, making roaring fire, cooking dinner, doing laundry, enjoying the luxury….
DSC09898
Another day in the woods. Not sure what to expect since trail notes say 12 km, 10 hours but sign says 12 km, 7 hours.
DSC09902
Turns out the restful 5 hours was the answer (based on GPS progress). So G did some dental surgery and removed this sliver of nut that had been severely irritating my back moral for over a week. True love… 🙂
DSC09910
Almost to the 3rd hut!!
DSC09912
Hut number 3!!
DSC09916
Lindsay was already there. (you can see why I called it Hut number 3…)
DSC09917
Cute hut, right? Lots to read and enjoy while resting on the front porch. But we don’t spend too much time in the sun so you can see me on the left and Lindsay’s legs top center as we take tiny naps. 🙂
DSC09907
G’s shoes–retaped yet again
DSC09919
The last day out of the forest
DSC09946
Out of the forest and onto the road; great views!!

DSC09975

DSC09954
A horse!

DSC09962

DSC09977
Pretty stream
DSC09952
Cute man
DSC09988
Where we slept after hitching into Tameranui to resupply and down to Owhango for the start of the next track. Nice little campsite.

 

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s