NZ DAY 112
HOLLYFORD TRACK : Hidden Falls Hut to Lower Hollyford Road 9KM (Total number of KM's walked 1195)
Today is a sad day we finished the Hollyford Track the walk out was just as special as the track. Just before the end there is an amazing water junction where Swamp Creek joins the Hollyford River. We took photos however the photos don’t do the junction justice.
We walked out of the Hollyford Track into the visitors car park and started to walk the 9km to Gunns about 200m from the car park is a side trip to see a waterfall so we ducked in to take a look. Sitting having lunch were 2 ladies and they asked would we like a coffee and David said no but we could do with a lift to Gunns and she said ok "give me a couple of minutes and I will take you". Thank you hitching gods. When we reached Gunns Campground, Babish ( the angel that picked us up) said would you like a beer? David’s nearly cried with joy.
Gunns’s campground is a relic in that it has wood fire boiler for the showers it’s like stepping back in time, but great location. Our camp is on the banks of the Hollyford River. The Spunky Rooster and I kept ourselves entertained by daring each other to go deeper and deeper into the freezing river. David won, he was brave enough to dive in. I could only brave up to my boobs.
HIGHLIGHT: Hidden Falls
LOWLIGHT: Finishing the track
Grateful for simplicity I love how basic our life has become, we sleep eat and walk. On hard days we have to plan. Grateful for spontaneity- when we can create fun and laughter from a dip in a river. Grateful for all the love I have in my life from the Spunky Rooster, my gorgeous daughter my mum and my amazing friends.
NZ DAY 111
HOLLYFORD TRACK : Lake Alabaster to Hidden Falls 12KM ( Totally KM's Walked 1186)
Today was a great day the walk was really easy and David and I just had a lot of fun playing games with each other. Today’s walk took us past Little Homer Falls which we clambered down to the base and got some great shots. We also got glimpses of Mt Madeline and Mount Tutoko the Fiordland highest mountain. Tonight’s hut in situated in a clearing next to the Hollyford river, when we arrived David and I cut a path through the scrub and we had amazing 360 degree views of mountains show cased against the bluest of skiers. It was picture perfect however as usual we forgot to bring the camera .The afternoon was glorious. We really have been gifted with the best weather.
HIGHLIGHT: Having fun with David
LOWLIGHT: The bloody sandflies. They really are the most annoying little bastards.
I am so grateful for time, we have taken our time to walk the Hollyford track and it has been really good fun. I am grateful for the huts as they are nice and warm. I am grateful for no Internet access so David and I played pot, which as really nice.
NZ DAY 110
HOLLYFORD TRACK : Demon Trail Hut to Lake Alabaster Hut 11KM ( Total KM's Walked 1174)
Today was another gorgeous day with the scenery picture perfect. The trail was a lot easier than yesterday still a bit of rock scrambling. The landscape is drying up so not as much time spent tramping in water but a lot more mud. Had a bit of fun creating small sidetrack around the worst of the mud. These trails are just perfect for us as they give David a bit of variety but they aren’t to scary for me. Really enjoying this time with the Spunky Rooster
HIGHLIGHT: Have to say today’s highlight goes to my cuddles this morning with the Spunky Rooster.
LOWLIGHT: Being eaten alive by sandflies.
Grateful for being able to walk in this beautiful landscape it is truely magnificent. I am grateful for the growth in my mindset , I am getting quicker to recognise unresourceful attitudes and beliefs. As always I’m grateful to the universe for the weather and giving us the signs that made it to easy to make the decision to pack up and become a Hobos.
NZ DAY 109
HOLLYFORD TRACK: Hokuri Hut to Demon Trail Hut 14KM ( Total KM's Walked 1163)
Today was a hard day. Lots of ups and down in rocky terrain. The scenery is beautiful, on one side you have Lake McKerrow with mountains and huge gully’s, on the other side you have rainforest with intermittent water falls many that the track follows. My feet were wet for most of the day. There were 3 big a slips where the track was completely wash away. David had to navigate around the slips, we had to bush bash for a bit some of the bush bashing was a bit nasty to say the least. One of the wash outs had brought down a tree containing a wasp nest so there were wasps everywhere for about 20 meters.
HIGHLIGHT: The beautiful waterfalls and not being stung by a wasp
LOWLIGHT: My bloody clumsiness that has caused me a headache and a grazed leg.
Today I am grateful for the track it seemed to know when I had had enough and it smoothed out. Grateful for the swing bridges being very stable so I didn’t feel to scared. Grateful as always to the magic of the universe and being able to experience nature at its most spectacular.
NZ DAY 108
HOLLYFORD TRACK: Martins Bay to Hokuri Hut 13KM ( Total KM's walked 1149)
Today’s was probably the nicest trail we have walked to date. It was picturesque, reasonably trail with some difficult sections. Part of today’s walk as following the shore line of Lake McKerrow which would have been lovely for a dip if it had been warm. We had to traverse creeks and do a little bit of climbing but all of this was set against the backdrop of soaring mountains and lush green canopy. It was very special. Love that I am feeling more confident in this environment. Today I nailed the three wire bridge.
HIGHLIGHT: The amazing waterfalls that are everywhere you would not believe the difference that one night of rain makes.
LOWLIGHT: No lowlights I am loving this trail
Today I am grateful for the Spunky Rooster's patience and love as he talked me over some very high wire bridges. I am grateful that no wasps got to sting me. I am grateful for the water not being freezing we walked in some kind of water all day.