A few views from our holiday at Pureora Forest Park.
We had days of 32 Celsius, a few colder mornings with zero degrees, the last 2 days were with showers, and we met so many people from all over the world. This photo was taken after I walked along the metal road, looking at the fog and frost on the far hills. Just slightly above “zero” when I took this.
While we were there Search and Rescue had a 3 day training exercise, with NZ Police, YSAR volunteers, many other SAR volunteers, from the Waitomo and Waikato regions. About 100 took part, more pics to follow.
NZ Air Force personnel were present, with an Iroquois Helicopter, with the crew taking part in winch training in a clearing nor far from where our tent was.
We saw some beautiful sunsets, one cold frosty morning and the birds hid in the trees during the very hot days. New Zealand is in drought conditions all over, and there was a total fire ban the last week we were there ,Grass crackled when you walked, no quiet trails for the hunters, deer and pigs well hidden and far away.
Late afternoon sunshine on the hills to the East, the bush shining to a golden shade
A few hunters lost a dog or two, and Jock was missing for several days, He had tracked across several ranges, followed some tracks, or maybe the cyclists. His Dad was overjoyed to drive back and greet him. He was the most gentle Staffy-Kelpie cross, about 1 year old. He sat quietly while I picked the hook grass from his coat, enjoyed the bucket of cold water, and a lie down while we talked .
More photos and stories another day.
Quotation of the day from the local radio station there
“ Take pride in how far you have come,
and have faith in how far you can go”
Greetings from Jean