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Colonial Knob...

Well, we made it to the top of the hill, and a very high hill it was, too. Just about wiped me out, what with the lack of oxygen in my blood just now ;) but we all made it, and it was a beautiful day. It's an interesting coastline, facing west, towards the South Island, and it's pretty bare as coastlines go.
This is the view north...
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This is the view west...
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A little lake in the basin below us (the hills are very rounded, hence, I assume, the title of Colonial Knob, one Asher found very funny)
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And a fern frond. We climbed, and climbed, and climbed through bush. Then we climbed through farmland. Then we had lunch. Then we walked down the other side. Down, down, down, until you thought your legs were going to drop off
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moth2fic
Nov. 19th, 2007 09:25 am (UTC)
Lovely! Thanks for sharing. Pictures like the postcards you sent us to are interesting, but they don't have the personal element that these pictures do. I could share your climb (and the being nearly killed by it!) and the spectacular views and the fern frond!
natesmountain
Nov. 19th, 2007 09:33 am (UTC)
Thanks for your comment!
-and the being nearly killed by it!
Yeah, heh. I listened to my poor heart hammering away, and felt my fingers swelling up, and thought, OMG I really am not going to make it! But I did...
The fern frond was part of a scavenger hunt. It's just so pretty.

-but they don't have the personal element that these pictures do
I spent a lot of time on the island, Mana Island, in the middle pic, with a boyfriend I had way back who was studying mice out there for his Masters thesis. I had a lot of mice around me, even up my jumper!
eliper
Nov. 19th, 2007 11:17 am (UTC)
Wow - that's just spectacular. How long were you climbing for? And descending too, I guess?!
natesmountain
Nov. 20th, 2007 09:48 am (UTC)
We climbed steadily for about - I dunno - close to two hours. We only took about an hour coming down the other side but boy, that was hard on people's legs! We came down a very steep grassy slope through the farmland then down a steep gravel pathway that zig-zagged through bush all the way to the reservoir near the bottom. It was tiring but worthwhile, gave a lot of the girls a real sense of achievement.
microjotz
Nov. 19th, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC)
Nice to see your Spring as we rush into Winter....bbbrrrrrr here.
natesmountain
Nov. 20th, 2007 09:45 am (UTC)
Aw, I can't imagine cold now, as it's getting warmer here every day. I wore a t-shirt and sleeveless jacket to school today.
suilven
Nov. 20th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
It is so full of that lovely fresh green you got at the start of spring/summer. Looks like it was a lovely trip. What height are these hills?
natesmountain
Nov. 20th, 2007 09:44 am (UTC)
The 'Knob' is apparently 1535 feet, or 468 metres. It was a good height for an outing with the girls. Some of them had never done anything like that, nor had some of them pushed themselves so hard physically before.
suilven
Nov. 20th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
It was a good height for an outing with the girls.
Indeed. A friend of mine was recently relating a story about teenage girls for a walk. I was in hysterics and disbelief. The arrived wearing full make-up and took ages and ages to arrive anywhere. They seemed incredibly unfit.
natesmountain
Nov. 20th, 2007 10:37 am (UTC)
I did a bag check before we left school. Out of my group, every girl had a big bag of chippies (crisps). Where are your sandwiches or rolls or fruit? I asked. One girl had an apple... They're hopeless! And they do dawdle, but surprisingly, they took on the hill climb with a real buzz! I think no-one wanted to be last.
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