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Road Less Travelled

Bugs on the Bush Walk

By the time we were departing for National Park, we lost some of my favourite people on our Stray bus.  Even though we were down a few good men, we kept on trekking on the Stray schedule so everyone could do the Tongariro Crossing.  Everyone that is but me (okay, not completely true as there were 7 other people but they were all newbies on the bus so they didn’t count as I wasn’t with everyone I knew).  It was recommended that I don’t do the walk due to the strain on my knee and for once I decided to listen (surprising, I know…).

As I’m not one to sit still for very long – I ended up doing a 4 hour bush walk to Tupapakurua Falls with some

The Falls

 of the newbies on the bus.  At final headcount I had another Canadian, 2 Irish Folk, and a Swiss girl heading into the bush with me along with a sketchy map in hopes to encounter the waterfall on an easy walk.  Easy walk my ass…as we were weaving through the forest, I quickly realized why the guy at the lodge talked to us about proper stepping technique to avoid wiping out, mud conditions, and a story about how he bailed since he wasn’t paying attention.  For the record – due to my natural clumsiness I may have tripped over a couple of branches sticking out but didn’t fall, bail, or tumble-down anything or run into anyone and take down some casualties with me.  As far as I’m concerned – success!

I walked away from the bush walk having made some new friends and enough of a workout to burn off the BBQ feast my buddy in National Park was preparing for me that night.  I may not have done the Stray scheduled activity that day but marching to the beat of my own drum had led to a rather good day.

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