Last weekend, as a follow-up to the Tawharanui park tramp I did a few weeks ago, I had my qualifying Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award tramp. This one was at Mahurangi West regional park, and though it rained for a bit, we had an excellent time and I seriously enjoyed myself. Among other things, we need to write a report about what we did, and I thought I’d include a photo tour of my weekend here.
We first arrived at the campsite (since we are doing an exploration, not expedition, we can have a base camp that we work around) in the morning, and started by picking a suitable spot for setting up our tents. We decided to go in a small alcove at the north side of the camp grounds, which would shield us from the north-west strong winds predicted for that evening. While setting up, we were visited by a flock of adorable baby ducklings, with an over-protective mother in tow.
Soon we set off along the beach rocks. As I mentioned before, we were doing an exploration, which means that along with the hiking we do we also have to choose something we want to study, and then collect data about it. My group’s project was to find out about endangered animals and what is being done in the regional parks to protect them. While looking among the rock pools, we found several animals, and picked up some rubbish.
At the end of the tramp we also have to make a video report, so a lot of what we found I didn’t take with pictures. Because of this many of the interesting animals and plants we saw I can’t show you now.
After lunch (where the ducks stopped being so adorable and started trying to steal our food) we hiked north along the coast on the Mita Bay loop track.
To be continued on Sarah’s Saturday Snapshots #20 next week…
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