Stuart and I did a late night spin into the Tararua'a hoping to get to to Anderson Memorial for Saturday night. Then out on the Sunday. Weather was not suitable. This was the "creepy doll trip" as this wee doll was tied to a pole up on Shoulder Knob.
Friday 27/11/2009
We headed off real late and where passing the old boiler at 0030, so it was Saturday already. Saw quite a few eels in the Otaki river when we took the sort cut across to the hut.  Got to the hut pretty late and made a bit of noise waking the few occupants.

Saturday 28/11/2009
Woke to thunderous rain and a swollen river. I did go for a walk to the swing bridge and acheived a significant amount of wetness.
Back to the hut to relax and drink tea with Stuart and hope for a better next day.
Sunday 29/11/2009
The weather had become fine and sunny such a diff to the Saturday, so we had to go for a blast up Shoulder Knob for some views.
On the way out took more snaps of the old steel.
The siddle to get above the slip grows longer each year.
We got back to the car at Otaki Forks just after seven.

Lake Sylvestor Kahurangi

A Kahurangi National Park tramp with Tariga.

Sunday 08/11/09
Left Nelson at about ten and drove over the Takaka hill and then up the Cobb Dam road to the top of the hill.
We stopped for a bit as the windy road was not to good for Tariga. After recovery time we drove on down and crossed the lake at the penstocks.
Drove just a few hundred meters on to the start of the walk to Sylvestor lake. We left the car park after one and did meet a few people walking out.

This little bird was hard to get a photo of as it kept moving.
The forest trees, kept me thinking of The Cure and the song A Forest.
And the out of the bush trees with the mushroom shape calling for the upright people.
No one else at the hut so had a bit of a snack and then walked to the Lake.

Was cold enough to light the fire.

Monday 09/11/09
Had a couple of weka's wandering around the hut.
We geared up and went for a walk up Iron Hill after lunch.
Back at the hut by five, and had food and packed up and left for the car at six.
Trip Times

Sunday 8/11/09
1000 Left Nelson.
1300 Left car park.
1500 At hut food etc.
Monday 9/11/09
1200 Off to Iron Hill.
1430 Top.
1700 Hut.
1800 Left hut.
1900 Car
2100 Home