Bruce wanted to do the walk when the leaves turned (we are going to be VERY busy when the leaves turn, since most things, it seems, need to be seen at that time) so when Susanmarie and Sofia said they'd like to come with us, he jumped at the chance to get some work done. A girls' day out it would be!
The hike up was quite steep, but lovely.
|Very 'Lord of the rings' I thought|
And the views at the top were magnificent.
The Adirondacks never looked more mysterious.
|We rewarded ourselves with honey crisp apples and sugar cookies, and a most mysterious and utterly delicious seaweed snack|
Just as much fun, though, was that Susanmarie and Sofia introduced us to geocaching. I had read about geocaching, and have friends who spend their weekends exploring new places this way, but never tried it before. It's a kind of treasure hunt. On Mt Philo we found our first 'treasure'. It required Susanmarie to show some agility, ingenuity and determination.Whichever way we walked, the GPS showed we were getting further away from our quarry. Until Susanmarie decided the only logical direction was up.
|She had to climb up a tricky rock to get here!|
The three girls had such fun investigating and recording the find. We left a NZ$2 coin in the treasure.
With a great sense of accomplishment, the girls almost ran down the hill!
Sofia and Susanmarie headed off to a skating lesson, and we headed home. Where we spent a happy time feeding the chipmunks:
And I purred over my new, beautiful, yet-to-be-broken-in hiking boots:
They feel like you're walking on a cloud. No excuse now not to do the Tongariro Crossing!