Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Whau Valley/Maunu and Beyond!

A 8 hour walk on the agenda for today.  Headed up to Whau Valley Dam and made our way through to Maunu - blind leading the blind as we found our way along forestry roads rather than the bush track we had in mind!  Managed to find our way out the other end and then explored the Coronation Reserve - heading in at the Art Quarry and coming out at the Russell Road quarry.  Finished off around Parihaka and AH Reed tracks:-)  The countdown is on - just one more LONG walk to go and then tapering down before Oxfam!

 Check out the poles:-)
 The incredible views from the top:-)
 Heading to the Trig

Relay 4 Life - 135 laps!

 Relay 4 Life provided us with a totally different type of training.  Check out the people we got to train with!!!  We were part of a Whangarei Fire Service team walking and talking to raise money for Northland cancer patients.  An incredible amount of teams put time and energy into fundraising and then walking on the day.  A 400 metre track (or 450m according to our GPS), plenty of entertainment and opportunities to walk alongside family and friends made this a training experience not to be missed!
 Jacque with Chloe dancing along behind!
 Lynfa and Janet - a great walking companion!
 Our girls - Chloe, Kesia and Milly:-)
 Betty walked her fair share of laps and enjoyed her music and our talking along the way.
Taking a break for the candle lighting ceremony at 9pm.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Cape Brett

We were all really looking forward to this walk - great challenge and incredible views!!  It certainly was a challenge but sadly the weather didn't play the game and the views weren't so great!  Will be a walk we do again on a sunny summer's day:-)

Views on the drive up to Parekura - Friday night..
 Views from Beth's house - THANKS so much for your hospitality - perfect place to stay for an early morning start on the Cape Brett track:-)
 Early Saturday morning... perhaps it's going to be a nice day after all!
Lynfa, Jacque and Barts - a few hills conquered..
 Tarnz, Jacque and Barts..
 A break in the weather:-(
 Imagine if the sky had been blue!
 Incredible waterfalls - there were heaps but couldn't see what I was taking a photo of with the camera all fogged up!