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@Icacos You gave me a great laugh this morning! Some of my family call me "a dreary day walker" - they rarely want to join me 😊 It's okay though - these kind of days lend themselves to solitary walking. The snow, mud and rain we've had these past weeks have me thinking "maybe I can do a winter camino".

I did have some welcome company for a walk yesterday. My step-mom and brother joined me for a 10 km walk along the Troubalay PoCo Trail beside the Coquitlam River. This trail is also part of the 28,000 km Trans Canada trail system that connects every province and territory, from the Pacific to the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans.

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Tuis on a harakeke stalk
walking the Escarpment Track - a vertiginous trail, narrow, exposed, with two swing bridges
whiling time at Plimmerton Beach...

Te Araroa trail, NZ (2022). Paikakariki to Porirua (9 hours)
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Hi Lovingkindness
some amazing photos here
Reminds me of the South West Coast trail in Cornwall
 
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Hi Lovingkindness
some amazing photos here
Reminds me of the South West Coast trail in Cornwall
...I purchased my very first pair of hiking boots in Penzance, Cornwall! They were half a size too small and bruised my toes and nails. I walked the coastal paths for 9 days, staying in YHA hostals for the very first time. It was a gorgeous experience.
 
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Awesome day....

Te Araroa trail: Porirua via Colonial Knob and Mt Kaukau to Ngaio (7-8 hours).

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On the way to Colonial Knob

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a distant view of Mount Kaukau television mast; Back-country sheep farming

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Mount Kaukau; Wellington city

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The South Island, viewed from Mt. Kaukau, Wellington
 
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Maybe I handed you a cup of water long ago. 🙂
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If it was between 1984 and 1991, maybe!
I think of race day volunteers in the same way as hospitaleos. Without these wonderful people, the whole system stops.

Waikanae to Paikakariki, 22 kms
Lovely to see Kapiti Island, a fantastic place. I would love to go back and see the birds now that it's free of rats - I went in 1992, just as that effort was getting underway.
The next day is so dramatic...oh, my! Love it.
And then...
Awesome day....
Wow. I'll say.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s a Goodyear blimp.
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Annual take No. 1 grandson to town on the ferry day.

Looking back towards Northcote Point
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Under the bridge
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The city in the background and then much closer
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A ferry navigates in the narrow berth
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Checking out the yachts in the Viaduct Harbour
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An old beauty
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A modern super yacht
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and finally, No. 1 has his swim
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Today. About 20km along our local cycle path to Llanelli in west Wales. Asphalt surface using the route of one of the earliest railways in the UK. A small section slowly being rebuilt by a train enthusiast group. I have walked it many times but today was the first time I've seen a giraffe. The walk was partly to try out a new pair of boots. But also a confidence check for myself after gallbladder surgery in late November. Both boots and abdomen seem fine so I'm ready to return to Spain next week for a second Via de la Plata journey.
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My daily walk in the park...

The first animal I've seen in over two weeks since we arrived. It's an armadillo, but I think it should be spelled armourdillo.
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This is a very young Longleaf Pine tree, and yet its needles are full size. The mature trees grow 80-100 feet tall and their needles can reach 12-18 inches long.
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One of the numerous boardwalks in the park.
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Te Araroa trail NZ (2022): The Southern Walkway

A meander along the city greenbelt through parks and hilltop suburbs to trail's end (Nth Island, southbound): Oriental Bay to Island Bay, Wellington...

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Te Araroa trail NZ (2022): Te Ara o Nga Tupuna: The path of our ancesters, Carved post marking a heritage trail which coincides in places with the Te Araroa trail.
 
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So, Peg IS real!
Oh yes. You should hear her complain about walking in the cold. I remarked to her recently "But you used to ski at 20 below (-29⁰ C)".

She mentions to people once in awhile how she hated those mornings when she listened to the radio and heard that where she was headed to work had the coldest recorded temperature in the continuous states (aka the lower 48). Happens about a dozen times a winter.
 
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On Saturday at the Nooitgedacht Dam Nature Reserve observing Birds Buffalos and flowers and weekdays in the wetlands and high vleis (marshes) around my village Dullstroom South Africa .... CCD2B984-3CD1-4AB0-8D34-948FA608B277.jpeg
 

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...a day roaming the Wellington waterfront and purchasing supplies for the next stage of the journey. I now have a beautiful -8 degrees sleeping bag and new trail runners with a sturdier sole. Apparently, many Te Araroa trampers wear trail runners in the North Island and a tougher shoe or boot for the South. So, I've bowed to TA tradition, too. What I love about trail runners is the flexible soles, being able to feel the shape of root and rock under foot and adjust accordingly. I have more confidence in trail runners when scrambling and climbing than I ever had in boots... Soon I will set sail for the South Island then set off along the Queen Charlotte Walkway.

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(1) "Miromiro Sings of White Rata". Oil on board by Clare Reilly.
(2) Civic Square, Wellington

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(5+6) Memorial plaques, Frank Kitts Park, Welington... As a girl I remember my mother telling me about the arrival of 700 Polish orphans in New Zealand. The children were first settled in a camp in Pahiatua, not very far from where Mother attended school. New Zealand was abuzz with interest in the children. As the train travelled from Wellington, local children and adults lined the tracks to wish the orphans well. My interest in Poland began with my mother's stories. Decades later I walked across Poland, often speaking about the orphans with the folk who showed me hospitality.... 1966 film, Story of 700 Polish Children. NZ Archives

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Isn't nature wonderful!
A sculpted head with a lot of meaning invested in it.
A chair in memory of an actor, Dermot Morgan (famous for his part in a tv soap, Father Ted). It does invite to sit in it and survey the Square (Merrion Square, also home to the impossibly reclining Oscar Wilde...)
A view of an emigrant ship from the other side of the river, and nearby, the interior of the CHQ building, housing the Emigrant museum.
On looking again at the photo I noticed a full complement of furniture - almost all Covid restrictions were lifted from 06.00 today.
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Since we are in the middle of winter and since I don't like to walk in the snow, when the weather is bad I do my time at the gym on a treadmill and a minimum of 20x up/down these stairs as quickly as possible (almost-but-not-quite running). I would post photos of the treadmill and the sidewalk in our neighborhood, but thought they would be even less interesting.
 
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This morning’s stroll. Marina Del Rey, SoCal. 8.6 mile drive from my home. I used to walk to MDR in the before times. Ever so nice.

BTW: Best time to visit Southern California is January. You can tan on beach. Next day drive hour and a half to mountains for snowboarding and skiing. Amusement parks not too full. And more.

If you zoom out last pic you can see snow capped mountains.

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A walk into the village today for two specific reasons. I was told by a friend that a favourite coffee shop had recently started to serve Basque Burnt Cheesecake. Thought I should investigate - it was pretty scrumptious! Also along the way, I wanted to see a new neighbour that arrived yesterday - The historic Blue Cabin which will be moored along the river, supporting an artist-in-residence program. The cabin moves to a new location every 2 years. Steveston is its second site.

The Blue Cabin was built in 1927 by a Scandinavian craftsman and sat between the low and high tide lines along the shore in North Vancouver. It has resisted ownership for nearly 100 years. It was home to maritime labourers and families – and since the late ‘60s was a place of creative respite and subsistence for Vancouver artists Al Neil and Carole Itter. Slated for demolition in 2014, the Cabin was saved by a consortium of arts organizations who have transformed it into a unique, floating artist residency that offers artists and the public a unique, shifting view of the region and the ideas and histories that inform it.

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A walk by the coast again today as the mountains were covered with clouds and rain.
From Puerta de Guimar to Candelaria, about 11 km and almost four hours.
beautiful stony man made paths and very undulating in parts

Many plants and animals are found here that are unique to the world.
Passing a little house built into the cliff with some salt pans nearby

Entering the square the Basilica of the Black Madonna was the first thing we saw.
Also in the square were the very imposing statues of the nine Kings of the aboriginal guanches of Tenerife( photo taken from the internet)
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Night life in a Burmese monastery:
Nightfall these days has been lovely - I suspect the ash from Tonga.
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Sunce I have no change of scene, I get fascinated by light and shadow.
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As it gets dark I can see out to the lane next to the meditation hall where people are doing their walking meditation ever so mindfully.
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Night life in a Burmese monastery:
Nightfall these days has been lovely - I suspect the ash from Tonga.
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Sunce I have no change of scene, I get fascinated by light and shadow.
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As it gets dark I can see out to the lane next to the meditation hall where people are doing their walking meditation ever so mindfully.
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And are there night sounds too? Insects and frogs? Or are you so accustomed to those sounds that you don’t notice them anymore?
 
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And are there night sounds too? Insects and frogs? Or are you so accustomed to those sounds that you don’t notice them anymore?
Frogs in the rainy season, not now.
Crickets.
The occasional Barn Owl or Scops Owl.
Oh, and catfights. 😂
Sounds from outside: Cars on a nearby road.
The sometimes loudspeakers blasting music (not so much, these days).

Edit. Reminded this morning - in the Mango and Vi Apple seasons, fruit hitting tin roofs.
An interesting experience when you are quietly minding your own business, and there have been similar sounds from other (much more malignant) sources. 😮
 
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13k, coming and going, with a local train part way. Photos taken along the bay, at speed, from the train. One, just hilarious. As they say here, in Ireland: Where would you get it? That is actually a little laugh at yourself phrase...
Anyway, at the counter for buying one or two items in a supermarket, this is what I could not resist taking:

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The last photo shows what was a popular swimming spot in olden days. As people got into the way of foreign travel for holidays, local spots fell out of favour. Only one along the bay has been restored to date, and is now in private hands. Pity.
 
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Another walk along the coast and past the former leper colony near Abades
Its a ghost town with no name and a leper colony conceived towards the end of the Spanish civil war.
When the disease was rampant, no one lived in this area and so built conveniently out of the way
Then it was no longer needed as scientists had discovered Dapsone, a drug that revolutionised the treatment of this disease
the many buildings are still standing there and we counted about 30 of them dotted about the area.
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Today's bike ride/ walk was along the free running river (the Iller river, a short 140km river coming from the Alps and joining the Danube in Ulm), on an open dirt road under the blue, blue sky! Not really Camino related in any way except for the hiking boots I'm hoping to wear on Via Gebennensis. Have a great new week, everyone!

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A 12 km walk from Chio to El Jaral
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Because of the terrain, it took us over 5 hours

Passed two village churches but both closed
Too early for the cafe/bar!
The apple blossom was in bloom all over the hillside
Rough stony paths carved into the mountain side and the Barrancos
Met no one all day
 

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Te Araroa Trail (Southbound): Queen Charlotte Track, Ship's Cove to Anakiwa...

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...and so the journey continues. After gathering supplies in Wellington and visiting old friends I set sail from Wellington across the Cook Strait to Picton. The next stage of the Te Araroa Trail began in Ships Cove.

Day 1...a sunny day in the Marlborough Sounds walking along the Queen Charlotte Walkway.10 hours from Ship,s Cove to Punga Cove. As the sun rose cicadas beat out a rhythm so intense one could hardly think. White noise diminishing frantic thought. I had my backpack and food transported by water taxi intending to camp out at a DOC site..but...as soon as I arrived at Punga Cove and saw the cabins I just had to have a shower and sleep in a bed.

Day 2...Punga Cove to Portage: a long easy walk on a wide dusty track. Sun hitting aromatic plants, sweet spicy air. Shameless Wekas appearing from clumps of grass, from behind rocks, near every picnic table and scenic spot...

Day 3...Portage to Anakiwa (5 1/2 hours): uphill in the rain, soggy clothes , muddy feet, followed by three hours in steam as sun burnt off mist and surface water. Significant place: Anakiwa, where my great great grandfather's brother set up home in the 1860s on 200 acres of bush.

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From the parador to El portillo
17 km at fast speed in case we missed the bus
we always seem to be running for the bus!

Some amazing rock formation and we walked under the watchful eye of Teide all the way

We did saunter up there a few years ago via Montana Blanca and stayed in the Altavista refuge and at almost 3718 mt (12198ft) we didn’t sleep a wink due to the altitude
The next morning, up we went to the crater which didn’t smell so good!, but we saw the sun rise, an amazing sight.
we were the only two people there that morning
needless to say, we got the cable car down.

now just happy to let the youngsters have a go!
Teide with snow and Teide from a photograph last year
The little church at the Parador

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Afterward we had lunch at a cafe with outdoor seating and a great view. I had grilled fish and fried okra, which I never have opprtunity to get "up north". We finished with a hike along the beach.
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Te Araroa Trail NZ (Southbound): Notes from a tired scrambler...

From Anakiwa I followed the Linkpath (slips in places) to Havelock, hitched a ride to Pelorous Bridge then walked 14 kms in the heat along asphalt and gravel to the Pelorous Track. Before I could reach the trailhead dark clouds rolled in. Worried about camping in rain, I approached a farmer herding calves and cows. I was offered shelter in a vacated cottage. Bliss. For the next three days I tramped the Pelorous Track to Captain Creek Hut then Rocks Hut before detouring over Dun Mountain Saddle and the Coppermine trail to Nelson.

The weather forecast for the Richmond Ranges and Tasman this coming week is for rain, rain and more rain. I will find other things to do as I wait out the big Wet. It is too dangerous at alpine level slithering up and down rocks. Streams can expand into rivers and visibility will be poor.

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Native flowers

Captain Creek Hut, 4 campers and 4 trampers in bunks. Beautiful emerald pools for swimming, sandflies a fiery scourge. In the gloaming awakening trust, rehydrated dinners churning in sleep.

Many river crossings on narrow swing bridges. Counting every step. Squashing panic -one of the bridges had rusted, broken bars, the approach to another involved side-stepping on footholds across a stony expanse.

Majestic tree, fallen
Uphill scrambling. Roots like rickety stairs.
 
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Te Araroa Trail NZ (Southbound): Notes from a tired scrambler...

From Anakiwa I followed the Linkpath to Havelock, hitched a ride to Pelorous Bridge then walked 14 kms in the heat along asphalt and gravel to the Pelorous Track. Before I could reach the trailhead dark clouds rolled in. Worried about camping in rain, I approached a farmer herding calves and cows. I was offered shelter in a vacated cottage. Bliss. For the next three days I tramped the Pelorous Track to Captain Creek Hut then Rocks Hut before detouring over Dun Mountain Saddle and the Coppermine trail to Nelson.

The weather forecast for the Richmond Ranges and Tasman this coming week is for rain, rain and more rain. I will find other things to do as I wait out the big Wet. It is too dangerous at alpine level slithering up and down rocks. Streams can expand into rivers and visibility will be poor.

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Native flowers

Captain Creek Hut, 4 campers and 4 trampers in bunks. Beautiful emerald pools for swimming, sandflies a fiery scourge. In the gloaming awakening trust, rehydrated dinners churning in sleep.

Many river crossings on narrow swing bridges. Counting every step. Squashing panic -one of the bridges had rusted, broken bars, the approach to another involved side-stepping on footholds across a stony expanse.

Majestic tree, fallen
Uphill scrambling. Roots like rickety stairs.
Pleased to see that you are waiting out the storm. It looks like a biggie. Up to 600mm of rain expected in the next 24 hours (2 feet for non metricians) in the Nelson ranges.
 
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Te Araroa Trail NZ (Southbound): Notes from a tired scrambler...

From Anakiwa I followed the Linkpath to Havelock, hitched a ride to Pelorous Bridge then walked 14 kms in the heat along asphalt and gravel to the Pelorous Track. Before I could reach the trailhead dark clouds rolled in. Worried about camping in rain, I approached a farmer herding calves and cows. I was offered shelter in a vacated cottage. Bliss. For the next three days I tramped the Pelorous Track to Captain Creek Hut then Rocks Hut before detouring over Dun Mountain Saddle and the Coppermine trail to Nelson.

The weather forecast for the Richmond Ranges and Tasman this coming week is for rain, rain and more rain. I will find other things to do as I wait out the big Wet. It is too dangerous at alpine level slithering up and down rocks. Streams can expand into rivers and visibility will be poor.

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Native flowers

Captain Creek Hut, 4 campers and 4 trampers in bunks. Beautiful emerald pools for swimming, sandflies a fiery scourge. In the gloaming awakening trust, rehydrated dinners churning in sleep.

Many river crossings on narrow swing bridges. Counting every step. Squashing panic -one of the bridges had rusted, broken bars, the approach to another involved side-stepping on footholds across a stony expanse.

Majestic tree, fallen
Uphill scrambling. Roots like rickety stairs.
lovingkindness,
These are beautiful photos thanks for sharing your adventure. Do take care.
Looking forward to reading/seeing more posts when the weather clears.
 
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Last week the weather forecast wasn’t too bad and himself wanted to acclimatise a bit before going up to Teide
this walk was about halfway and a circular walk from Vilaflor

up and up and more up, passing deserted terraces and beautiful woods.
No sooner up and the rain started so we weren’t able to view the Paisaje properly
The last 3 photos are from the internet

The Paisaje are volcanic in origin and the result of erosion.

as we hotfooted it down, the heavens opened even more and the hailstones did not spare us

the 12 km walk took us nearly 6 hours and we got soaked to the skin for our troubles!
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the whole are was covered in the beautiful apple blossom trees and looked even more amazing against the black lava flows

The trees were growing out of small patches of clay between the same lava flows

Many people were visiting the area just to see the trees in full bloom


Passed the altar of Calverio and spotted a little grotto built into the rocks
Many of the paths were quite stony with loose lava
12 km took us about five hours
 
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A good long walk near home today. Signs of spring - there must be crocus' growing somewhere - there was a bloom left on the rail of a fence. I haven't been out along the tidal flats in some time - the strong winter storms and king tides have changed the course of the usual path. A good person(s) has been through with a chain saw, opening up the original path and creating new diversions, putting planks down along the more muddy areas and even creating a little barrier with drift wood around a patch of daffodil shoots. Watched a Talon fire fighting helicopter and water bucket heading out into the Georgia Straight for what must have been a training exercise - no wildfires this time of year that I've heard about.

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A good long walk near home today. Signs of spring - there must be crocus' growing somewhere - there was a bloom left on the rail of a fence. I haven't been out along the tidal flats in some time - the strong winter storms and king tides have changed the course of the usual path. A good person(s) has been through with a chain saw, opening up the original path and creating new diversions, putting planks down along the more muddy areas and even creating a little barrier with drift wood around a patch of daffodil shoots. Watched a Talon fire fighting helicopter and water bucket heading out into the Georgia Straight for what must have been a training exercise - no wildfires this time of year that I've heard about.

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Your's are such upbeat thoughts/photos; thanks for sharing these delightful signs of spring along the Georgia Strait. Carpe diem.
 

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A walk into the village today for two specific reasons. I was told by a friend that a favourite coffee shop had recently started to serve Basque Burnt Cheesecake. Thought I should investigate - it was pretty scrumptious! Also along the way, I wanted to see a new neighbour that arrived yesterday - The historic Blue Cabin which will be moored along the river, supporting an artist-in-residence program. The cabin moves to a new location every 2 years. Steveston is its second site.

The Blue Cabin was built in 1927 by a Scandinavian craftsman and sat between the low and high tide lines along the shore in North Vancouver. It has resisted ownership for nearly 100 years. It was home to maritime labourers and families – and since the late ‘60s was a place of creative respite and subsistence for Vancouver artists Al Neil and Carole Itter. Slated for demolition in 2014, the Cabin was saved by a consortium of arts organizations who have transformed it into a unique, floating artist residency that offers artists and the public a unique, shifting view of the region and the ideas and histories that inform it.

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Hi all! What a wet summer this is turning out to be.

…With a 3-day window of good weather this past week, I decided to go back up into the Richmond Ranges and pick up the Te Araroa trail not far from where I had left off. Heading up to Hacket Track from a car park at the end of Aniseed valley, I followed an alpine route via Starveall hut to Old Man hut before descending the soggy side of the ranges to Lake Chalice. After overnighting in Lake Chalice hut I walked up and out of the ranges in heavy rain. At a turn off I hitched a ride on a 40-ton logging truck travelling past Renwick and Havelock before winding through the Whangamoa Saddle back to Nelson -a serpentine road as scary as the rock climbing and scrambling experienced after Old Man…

The adventure included multiple stream crossings, negotiating erosion and slips, clambering over many fallen trees, hour after hour of scrambling ascents and descents, some rock climbing, avoiding wasps.

Photos: Te Araroa trail, Richmond Ranges (SOBO): Hacket hut to Starveall hut

*8 stream crossings then a 900m ascent through Beech and podocarp forest via Pyrimid Rock to Starveall hut, 1180m.

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Mt Starveall - Mount Richmond Forest Park - Nelson Trails

“Starveall Hut is located a few kilometers below Mt Starveall summit. Mt Starveall is named after the experience of a stockman, who in the mid 1800s was searching the Richmond Ranges for a suitable route to drive sheep from Nelson to Wairau Valley. After leading his stock to the summit of Mt Starveall he found that they were unable to consume any of the alpine vegetation, and declared that the mountain would ‘starve all’ of his flock.”
 
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...and some more photos:

TA Trail NZ: Starveall hut via Slaty hut to Old Man hut. Richmond ranges

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Notes from DOC: Slaty hut to Old Man hut

'The Alpine Route sidles around the basin below Slaty Peak before climbing gradually back onto the main ridge, which is followed right through until Old Man Peak. The route is entirely above the bushline, except when it descends into forested saddles before Ada Flat and at the base of Old Man Peak.

There is a sign-posted junction at the summit of Old Man Peak (1514 m), with the left-hand route leading down to Lake Chalice or to the Forks/Top Valley.

...The Alpine Route continues along the main summit ridge. Old Man Hut is located on a natural grassy clearing 200 m below the ridge, and is reached on a sign-posted access track."
 

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Old Man hut via Goulter River to Lake Chalice hut:

...and then down and around to Lake Chalice on the soggy side of the ranges. Multiple stream crossings, scrambling descents and ascents, clambering over gigantic fallen trees, slips, forceful waters after heavy rain. I would have liked to have taken a shot of the 40-ton logging truck and the fellow driving it but I was so elated at getting a ride out of the ranges that I forgot...

The weather forcast for the next few days is rain. I'm not sure how I will get myself back up to the Te Araroa trail but hope to later next week. Cheers, LK.

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DOC notes: Old Man Hut circuit.
"From Old Man Hut descend steeply to a stream, following it to the Goulter River. From there, follow the undulating track to the western end of Lake Chalice and on to Lake Chalice Hut. From the hut the benched track climbs to Staircase Road."
 
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That hut looks similar to some of the albergues...awww.😀
Yes, basic but oh, so appreciated. Finding kindling and dry wood for the cast iron wood burners can be a challenge. Sometimes though, a thoughtful tramper has left a ready supply for those who follow. What a feeling, the moment one first glimpses 'home', after many adventures, tired, wet and hungry... and if the fire has already been lit and there's hot water for a cup of tea, ahhhh.... but not always.
 

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what an amazing adventure you are having LK
looks like a beautiful place
wonderful photos
I am in awe of the ridges, peaks and vegetation, too. I love stream crossings -assessing water flow, depth, the best place to plunge in. Finding myself tramping along razor-back ridges, scree slopes and rocky peaks is like deja vu. In my early years my father flew about the Southern Alps and glaciers photographing. Afterwards he would invite friends over for home movies and a slide show. His photos have imprinted on my soul.
 
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