Camp Hikes and More Car Troubles

Tomorrow will be day 5 doing car things. It should be the last day, but I never count my chickens in a basket, as they say.

In the meantime, I have enjoyed being at the Belmont Regional Park campsite. Good people and steep walks here. One of which leads up to Boulder Hill.

It’s a steep 4.2km jot up to the top, where you are metaphorically greeted by fields of sheepen (to use the house rule Catan term). You are also able to see the coast, not unlike every other place in New Zealand.

The trek down is the same length, but goes about five times as fast.

Next to the campsite is where you find “Helm’s Deep” from Lord of the Rings. Luckily I didn’t notice until someone told me that it really isn’t worth it, as it is just a quarry now.

I feel as though I haven’t given Wellington it’s fair share of my time, but I am ready to be down to the South Island. Also, I am hemorrhaging money.

2 thoughts on “Camp Hikes and More Car Troubles

  • Dear Neil,

    Jerry and I are enjoying your posts and beautiful pictures so much! It is almost as good as being there! I shared your posts and pictures with a colleague at the college yesterday, and he says that he admires your adventuresome and freedom! Looking at your pictures is like a brief vacation for the mind.

    I just returned from the church where we are preparing to serve travellers Thanksgiving dinner on I 35 tomorrow. We anticipate serving a dinner to over 350 people! We are so grateful to be members of such a giving church. I saw your dad and he will be spending Thanksgiving with all of us tomorrow on I 35. We are going to have a wonderful day!

    We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving. You are with some very good people there in New Zealand, so I know you will be in good hands. We just wanted you to know we are thinking about you. Enjoy every minute in that beautiful country, and stay safe!

    Elaine and Jerry Herrick

    • Hey Elaine and Jerry,

      Thank you for the kind words. We will have to catch up the next time I am in Salado.

      The things you all do on I-35 are wonderful. They really make a difference in the lives of many.

      I will enjoy every minute of this beautiful country. I’m very fortunate to be able to see so much and meet so many wonderful people.

      Be well and tell everyone I say hi!


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