Day 2: Page 1
Oh, the relief ...
I woke with some anxiety that today would be more of yesterday. Fortunately, I was wrong, as I am occasionally.
We're off at just after 9 am, planning a cruisy short trip to the Ada Hut. Frankly, I was under-trained for yesterday and I'm glad of a short day. We have a light misty drizzle, but it's still warm enough to leave off the polyprops. The track for the most part sticks close to the river.
This is the way I had imagined the trip. However, just as I am starting to relax, the Maruia cuts in hard against the bank we're on, and we have to climb sharply for a bit.
It does this several times - just enough to keep me slightly wary.
We break out into meadow.
There's a fine purple topped grass which soaks up every possible bit of dew and unloads it onto our legs and sox. It's the only time on the trip that I get wet feet. Gaiters? Maybe....
We continue through scrappy open forest, still close to the river, and then through more meadow. The cloud cover is very low. I am unconcerned. The track is, at least for the moment, flat. I am also spotting more wildflowers here and there, in particular a small red hawkbit (I think) instead of the usual yellow dandelion style we have up north, and a tiny pale blue flower which I see later in a DoC pamphlet described as a NZ Bluebell.
We cross a dry boulder creek and again I wonder at the force of water necessary to create this creek bed.
There's more bush, and the occasional ferny glade
and more rocky creek beds. We start to climb a little - gently,
and it's more open forest path
We emerge onto a large avalanche field, parts of which have a wonderful alpine plant cover, and a characteristic red lichen covering the rocks.
We climb once again, gently, into the forest above the river.
You wouldn't want to bush-crash too far in that lot.