Sunday, October 05, 2008

Rangitoto

The story ends with my lower half feeling like rabid beasts tore my calf muscles out of my legs, gnawed on them mercilessly, then slopped them back in leaving them partially detached-- all because I barreled down a volcano with a one-year old strapped to my chest.

Let’s rewind and start at the very beginning. A very good place to start.

We joined a local young adults group (not ours) as they hiked Rangitoto. Rangitoto is a volcanic island just outside of Auckland. The volcano erupted about 600 years ago- the most recent eruption of any volcano in the area. Rangitoto is now a tramping hot spot and considered especially significant because all stages from raw lava fields to scrub establishment and sparse forests are visible.

We took the ferry from Devonport to the island...


And tramped away...

The following picture is Jono with 3-year old Lilian on his back...

Almost at the top...

At the top...

The whole group at the top...

View from the top...

On the way down the volcano, I volunteered to have 1-year old Denhom strapped to my chest. And I didn’t so much “barrel down” as take cautious little baby steps the entire way so as not to slip on the uneven surface and fall on both of our faces.

He slept the whole way down, and we arrived at the base of the volcano unscathed...

A little glimpse of our future (hee hee hee)...

Okay, so perhaps it wasn’t as dramatic as I may have implied, and I actually enjoyed it…but STILL. The pain in my calves is so great (probably because I TIP TOED down a VOLCANO) that it dulls the pain throughout the rest of both my legs.

I think my favourite part of the day was spending time with kids again. Obviously I enjoyed the bonding time with Denhom (and that stomach sweat was something else!), and Lowell and I bonded with big sister Lilian (3) when we went out for smoothies after the hike. In fact, she CRIED when we had to go. CRIED! I love making kids cry (when they’re sad to leave me, that is. I’m not a monster).

So perhaps the parents of our special kids (friends & relatives) at home could stuff the kidlets in an envelope and send them to NZ for a (semi-permanent) visit...otherwise I'm susceptible to go on a kid-stealing rampage!

7 comments :

Shelley said...

cute story! can't wait to see pictures of you guys with your OWN kidlets! If you need more kid time, i have 4 nephews and nieces who would love to play with you guys (except they're in canada, so that doesn't really work)

shareen said...

oh you guys are so cute...and question, how many canada shirts does lowell have?

Anonymous said...

--Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I'd love to go tramping,
With Kiwis like you!
--When we come to see you,
In your Fall but our Spring,
We will bring our tramping poles,
So our calves will not scream!
--Praying and trusting,
You both have a great week,
Of joy and much blessing,
For in His arms he will you keep.
--Love, Dad XXXXXOOOOO

Lowell & Julie said...

Dad, I LOVE IT! It rhymes and everything. I LOVE when things rhyme!!

Shareen, Lowell has 3 Canada shirts. He wears them on the weekends though (apparently) which is when we take all of our pictures. I noticed this little trend as we were uploading the latest round of pictures. I think we're going to have to branch out his shirt choices a bit!

Shelley, thanks for the generous offer to play with your nieces/nephews. We would surely take you up on it if we were in the same vicinity:) PS- I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of us with OUR kidlets too!

marcandorkylie said...

What a great poem! Looks like you guys are having lots of fun! I also wanted you to know that I have been looking to meet naughty women for a long time and now thanks to an ad at the bottom of your blog, I have now found a way to do it. ;)
Kylie

Carlynne said...

Oh Kylie. YOUR the naughty one!!! Sore calves are by far the worst part of you to be sore. Hopefully you're recovered by now. And talked Lowell into giving you a calf massage:)

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