Woodlaw Forest(1771.1)-Longwood Forest(1799.9)
Campsite Elevation: 552ft/168m
I know this is going to sound terrible, but today was just more of the same. There was a forest road for awhile, a bit of road walking, a lot of old growth forest with mud, some open brushy stretches with views, and then a less muddy forest.
The big event of the day is that we could see Bluff for the first time. If you look closely, it’s the land mass in the distance. The large curve of beach between us and Bluff is beach we will be hiking tomorrow after more time in the forest.
Although today and yesterday…and the day before yesterday have felt uninspiring and a bit deflated, we are so fortunate to be getting good weather and conditions for this stretch. Last year, at this same time, my friend Why Not had colder, rainy, windy, foggy conditions. For us, it’s been dry here for a couple weeks, so the mud in the forests was more consolidated. We were only in ankle deep sucking mud that had very little puddled water. Just a bit of rain here and I can envision how soppy the mud would be and how much slower we’d be going.
Since there is limited camping, we are camped in the same place as Josephine. It’s a spot near some old gold mining machinery. There’s room for two tents and Griggs has his tent pitched just down trail 20m away. We all had dinner together, and it’s been nice to share the end with Josephine a bit. We may leapfrog a bit more, but will probably part ways tomorrow night. She has plans to camp in town while we will probably walk on through. We do plan to finish the same day, so we may still leapfrog more over the next few days.
Well, that’s all I really have for today. We all kinda feel like we are just going through the motions these last few days. It’s a lot of what we’ve done all trail with nothing really new or exciting, and we can literally see the end ahead of us. Just two and a half days left!
I’ve gotten to see some old gold mining equipment while hiking in the Trinity Alps. It’s pretty amazing to think it was transported into the middle of nowhere by mules. Some of 8t is so huge. Saw an old black and white photo showing mules pulling these huge sleds up in the Trinities during the winter. Just amazing what they did for gold. Who knows, in 150 years maybe someone will be saying something similar about people of today and oil.
Good luck on finishing New Zealand, and I hope you have fun in Tasmania.
Those ferns are so huge that it it looks like you could be hiking in Jurassic Park. Watch out for dinosaurs lurking nearby!
Glad you’re having pretty “perfect” weather. It’s funny to hear you talk about mud conditions like we’d normally talk about snow conditions. That would be a good one for the game, “You know you’re in New Zealand when…” ?
Haha, I even had to ask Griggs if my terminology was right for describing the sludge level of the mud. It was only ankle deep!
Well, you are almost there. Maybe that’s the best part!