I feel like a giant, Stephen looks at me with a look on his face as if to say my wife has gone mad – a giant? Yes I say, or the ground seems too small for me, I just can’t bring myself to walk down this bit.
We’re descending Mt George after our hike in the sun. Going up I don’t mind – even as unfit as I currently am – you can go slow, take in the views. In fact going slow gives you a chance to take in the views.
Stopping to take in the views give you a chance to catch your breath – you can see where I’m heading with this. It is a win win situation.
It is so beautiful up here. Been quite some time since we did the walk – silly really since it is practically right in our backyard. We can see the top from our house – which means of course we can see our house from the top 🙂
There we are – doesn’t the new paint job look good – really blends in nicely with the surroundings.
There are magnificent views today – can see in all directions. ha-ha who am I kidding there are always magnificent views up here – we’re darn high!
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful and oh so peaceful. There are some welcome swallows fluttering about, ducking and diving and you can even hear the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore below.
There is a motorcycle rally on near Hoki this weekend so heaps of motorbikes ripping along the coastal highway. What a day for it – welcome to the West coast people.
Sitting to catch our breath on the way up – oh I mean, giving Stephen time to readjust his camera settings I’m mesmerised by the views to the south of the Southern Alps including Mt Cook and Mt Tasman. There is just something enchanting about seeing this mountain range. To be so many miles away yet have such outstanding views and the contrasts with the sea – have to say feeling rather blessed. Truly feel we live in paradise.
Onwards and upwards for the final climb and here we just sit to take it all in. We’ve often talked about camping up here one night – sitting up to watch the star lit skies and just listen to the call of nature. It will be a magical experience so watch this space – think will be an autumn adventure for us coming up.
Time to make the descent back down and while the climb up isn’t as bad as I was anticipating coming down some of the steeper sections though, well that is a whole other story. I really feel like I’m a giant or the ground has shrunk. There just isn’t enough room for my feet and I feel like I’ll topple over and trust me you don’t want to topple over. It’s ok though, I have a system. It may not be a very elegant system but it gets me down off the steeper bits safely…..
I’m as low to the ground as I can possibly be – this may mean the occasional time of sitting on my bum but hey if that’s what ya gotta do then that’s what ya gotta do right!
I look behind me – What! Stephen is walking down with ease – why doesn’t he look like a giant!
Back onto more stable ground and the way down slowly gets a little easier. Actually it probably doesn’t really it is just that you are in the scrub and can’t see the drop offs from the ridgeline that you are walking along. What the mind doesn’t know doesn’t hurt it.
The legs are getting a little jelly like – there isn’t any real reprieve from either the constant climb or the then constant down. A little shake here, a little shake there – think Stephen may be having another of those “wife gone mad” moments.
The bottom is reached before we know it and we both comment that we really have to do this more often – it is right at our doorstep, is a good workout and doesn’t even take that long. 2 hours return, we’ve had views to die for, exercise and now we’re ready for lunch – mmmm pancakes with ham, banana and lashings of maple syrup – well deserved!
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. Named by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten coastal drives in the world views from Mt George show you why.