Have been busy hiking twice, once where the gold mining use to occur. Felt like singing , hi hoe like the dwarfs from Snow White through tunnels and darkness. Then this morning over the caves I rafted through yesterday.
Those of you who know me well, won’t believe this, but I went bare foot to sea kayak–freezing by the end! And hold on–black water rafting. On a winter day outside, I stepped into a wet, cold wet suit! Then spent 3 hours making my way through the caves, complete with water falls, glow worms ( fancy name for maggots), and surprises. I even took my glasses off! Could hardly see the next turn. At night we dug into the beach at low tide to expose hot water (7:00) pm. I only was brave enough to dip my feet…others were all in!
Today we headed over to Rotarua to luge. Now am finding free wi-fi before heading to the Polynesian Spa to finally warm up in the hot pools. Rotarua is a hot bed of thermal activity. It has been two weeks of travel now–and I have been a little frightened each day by something, usually the activities. I am learning more about living the life of hostel living–always something new to carve out and gaining an understanding of the Kiwi language and so far it has all been….”sweet as”
Nienhuis, perk up…I was to be doing an 8 hour hike in a couple of days along the route to Mordor and Mt. Doom. This activity has already been cancelled because it is expected to rain in two days time. Unfortunately, we will miss out on this leg of the “Rings” tour. However, the caves I was in the other day were where part of the filming of the upcoming Hobbit was filmed.