It’s been a while since I’ve blogged – I’m still not really sure that I’ll keep it up as it’s quite time-consuming. While testing these waters, I haven’t even let anyone know I’m doing it yet, and just want to be sure of being consistent first!
We have had a few weeks around family and friends over the Christmas and New Year break which is ongoing!! We’ve been in Westport, Reefton and back in Nelson just for a couple of days. It’s been nice!! And VERY relaxing as we haven’t had any time constraints – I can totally recommend this! We have done a few pleasant day walks with different family and friends, including the Coal Creek Falls, Charming Creek Walkway, Cape Foulwind, the Brunner Mine Site, the Charleston train ride and Denniston (all while staying in Westport); the Alborns Walk in Reefton and a drive to Shanty Town from Reefton (Shanty Town is near Greymouth); and the Cable Bay Walkway in Nelson (just up from The Glen end for me, to meet my sister Kirsty who walked through from where I dropped her at the Cable Bay end). Kevin also did another walk in Reefton to find fossils with our friend Ian. I wish I had taken photos of the fossils they found, but forgot to do this.
The rest of the photos are from the Alborns Walk in Reefton – an old coal and gold mining experience.
I’m back to my old tricks and fitted in a solo walk along part of the Old Ghost Road – this is becoming a pattern! I intend to finish walking it from the other end while Kevin spends next week at Canterbury Faire near Christchurch.
I really liked the people interactions I had on the Old Ghost Road. Cool people doing cool things. One young guy popped his head around the tussocks while I was sitting by my tent at the end of the day. He had just ridden up from the Lyell as a birthday treat to himself and was going straight back down as he had to be in Christchurch that night. The following day a man came bounding up the zigzags beneath the Ghost Hut while I was checking it out – he had flown in a helicopter over the thousand acre plateau that morning and been dropped off at the 35km point and was running the next 50 kms out to Lyell. There was a young woman walking by herself right through, and two sets of older couples who were walking through hut by hut and really taking their time, stopping for an hour or more at good viewpoints throughout their days. There were others too, but I didn’t get to talk with them. It was a really busy trail – I was quite surprised. Back at the Top Shelter at around 3pm of my second day I came across two Poles arguing in Polish. One of them repeated what he was saying in English when I came up which I found very funny. He wanted to stop and cook a hot meal then and there, while his cycling companion wanted to wait until they reached the Ghost Hut. It wasn’t going to get dark until 9pm, so as far as I could see it could go either way, depending on whose need was greatest! I felt like they might not be travelling together for too much longer…