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Hiking in Auckland, New Zealand (photo's)

Monday, March 18, 2013

It is raining today (Tuesday 19 th) and I am really so glad. It is hard to see the land so brown and dry. As far as I am concerned it can rain for the next two weeks.

Mr. Roelf and I had a really great walk in the Waitakare Ranges. This is the circle route marked in a white doted line that is where we have been walking.

It was very up and down and very, very steep uphill back to the car. We enjoyed every moment. No matter how hard I exercise… the moment I do something different I notice it with muscles crying out: “have mercy”!

Here are some photos from our walk, we hope you will enjoy it with us:

It does not matter where we walk there are always palm trees and I am still surprised by that.

This little plant stole my heart; it is so tenacious to grow in big sand dunes. Look how dry the grasses are but this little plant is every where in tiny clusters and very green.

Also the sand of the West Coast on the beaches is looking black but a close up reveals all colours in the sand.

The sand is almost looking like velvet.

The hardest part was getting over this sand dune. In the photo it is not looking that high but it turned my legs into jelly.

After I have broken a rib while out walking I am very careful where I put my feet. The upside of that is that I notice all the little plants, grasses etc, as I walk.

I have no idea what type of vine this is, all I noticed was the lovely colours in the green field.

The sky was very overcast and we had some light drizzle but at other times the sun were making light streaks in my photos. I don’t claim expert quality of the photos, I just want you to see thought my eyes.

Out of focus but still very pretty.

These yellow daisies are everywhere… and so are these

I am always amazed at the variety of grasses to be found on earth.

These are growing between the mountains where there are wetlands. It is almost surreal walking through it as it is much taller than Mr. Roelf.

This photo is not to show of my pedicure, it is showing how we had to wade through calf deep streams and it was so refreshing! I enjoyed that.

Lunch time: Chicken drumstick and salad, 1 bread roll (looking deceptively big but is not) and a container 1/3 of fresh pomegranate, 1/3 yogurt and 1/3 of my home made muesli/granola with no sugar and no oil. The only drinks we take are water. Just clean tap water.

We had lunch on the banks of this river. It is a great place to stop and rest before the torturous uphill walk to get back to the car.

The happy and very tired couple, grateful for another adventure together.

Thank you for stopping by. May light, grace and hope be part of your day.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
1BEACHWALKER 7/31/2013 2:34PM

    Now that's what I am talking about!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
That lunch sounded good!!! emoticon

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HFAYE81 4/24/2013 11:54AM

    Beautiful!!! What an amazing day you had!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 4/24/2013 11:33AM

    Beautiful !!! emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 3/25/2013 11:09PM

    What absolutely GORGEOUS scenery! We want to see more! emoticon
emoticon so much for sharing!

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CRYSTALJEM 3/25/2013 8:58PM

    Beautiful walk. I can't wait until the snow is gone here and I can begin to enjoy the sprouting grasses and flowers. I feel like I may never see spring again it seems to be taking forever here.

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/25/2013 8:23PM

    Great pics...beautiful area of the world. Wish I was there to go on a hike with you and the Mr. R.

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BERRY4 3/25/2013 12:05AM

    Sounds like a wonderful way to spend time together--hard work and all. Glad you have been able to have the energy to get out and enjoy nature with the plants and variety of landscapes!

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RACEFORLIFE 3/21/2013 2:13PM

    How lovely it all looks. So peaceful too Dxx

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HILLRUNNER 3/21/2013 9:38AM

    Thanks for the hike and the stunning photos!!!

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SANDLADY48 3/20/2013 9:31PM

    Thanks for sharing! Is Mr. Roelf doing his "natural" hiking again? emoticon

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LORI-K 3/20/2013 4:08PM

    Stunning photos! So glad you are enjoying a lovely trip. I have been there...same areas as you, and the memories have flooded back. Such amazing beauty there.
I am not certain your plans, but if you can make it to the coastal area of Ragland, you will love it! And beautiful waterfalls on the way...
We drove back to Auckland the back way from Ragland; rolling hills, green pastures, mountains, so breathtaking.

Enjoy!!! Enjoy!!!

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SHELLEY81 3/20/2013 11:38AM

    How LOVELY!

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LUCYLU22 3/20/2013 10:23AM

    Maggie May, I SO wish that I could have been right there with you and Mr. Roelf walking on your hike, and yet I was there with you in spirit "looking through your eyes", walking through your hike with you by looking at your very beautiful pictures that you shared here! Thank you for bringing me along!

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DEE797 3/20/2013 8:44AM

    Loved your blog. It was so nice to see what you see on your walks. I cannot imagine hiking in sandals though. Love the pic of you and Mr. Roelf, you both look so happy.

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THEMRSH 3/19/2013 4:57PM

  emoticon Gorgeous blog Maggie. I loved taking a walk through your eyes. Your photos are beautiful, your lunch looks so scrumptious I could taste it and the last picture left me with a BIG smile!

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PALMTREEGIRL1 3/19/2013 2:31PM

    I JUST LOVE IT!!! Especially the very last photo! Just excellent!!! Thank you so much!

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BUBBLEJ1 3/19/2013 2:22PM

    You were just up the road from me :D always fun to see my area on spark, since it doesn't happen often

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/19/2013 12:27PM

    Thanks for sharing so many pictures!

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MEXGAL1 3/19/2013 10:54AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your day with me. I love love love all the photos! It looks like such a great way to spend a day. Beautiful.
Have a terrific day.

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MEADSBAY 3/19/2013 10:46AM

    Very nice- thank you for sharing your super healthy hike and the photos of some different plants and views. Even the black sand is out of my realm of experience.
I'm so glad that you and Mr Roelf are committed to doing healthy activities together.
I did get my dear man out walking a few times every day this past week during our little getaway to Florida.

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KASHMIR 3/19/2013 9:21AM

    What a fabulous hike!!! Thank you so much for taking us along!

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SEABREEZE65 3/19/2013 8:26AM

    A beautiful hike and a great looking lunch.

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ADARKARA 3/19/2013 7:58AM

    Great photos!!! Looks like you had a fabulous time. =)

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ROSINVN 3/19/2013 4:59AM

    great walk, great photos, oh how I am longing to get back in the bush! I have a walk planned in the Orongoras Easter weekend and I am looking forward to that. It will be an overnight one. I am longing to feast my eyes on green

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DOOBRIE 3/19/2013 3:59AM

    Thank you for showing us your walk - wish I could have been there! Great photos, and you've got pretty feet. Love the close up of you and Mr Roelf too.

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PHOENIX1949 3/19/2013 12:44AM

    Sure enjoyed sharing the walk and would have liked to share that lunch.

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AUTUMNBRZ 3/18/2013 10:16PM

    emoticon Very pretty

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KELLIEBEAN 3/18/2013 9:44PM

    Thanks for sharing. Breath-taking photos. What a beautiful spot to have lunch!


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SYNCHRODAD 3/18/2013 9:28PM

    Moments of love wrapped in green.

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JACKIE542 3/18/2013 9:04PM

    Just had to stop and thank you for sharing, such beautiful pictures. What an adventure. Thank you. emoticon

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FITAT50 3/18/2013 8:43PM

    Thank you and Mr. Roelf for sharing your hike with us! I love seeing the world through Maggie eyes emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 3/18/2013 8:35PM

    Oh Maggie! Those are truly some beautiful pictures! Seeing those Palm Trees & the sand made me homesick for my California. Thank you for taking us on your walk with you!
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SHERIO5 3/18/2013 7:27PM

    Thanks for bringing me along on your hike! Wish I was REALLY there! Very pretty! Mr. John and I love to hike as well...I can relate to the jelly legs part!


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