Day 3 on Anchor Island. 26th December 2009. Boxing Day. Back to work.

After a night and morning of hard rain, Tim and I eventually summoned the courage to do a feed-out run around Henry’s/Luncheon (all tracks on the island take their names from a film called ‘The Castle’ – NZ’s version of the Royle Family). The forest was completely waterlogged, tracks buried under waist-deep water but thankfully it wasn’t cold, just very wet and a great adventure crossing fast-flowing flash floods that had made creeks swell to rivers. Feeling the strong currents push against my legs was quite scary but exciting at the same time! Good fun, but it was also good to get back to the hut for a hot shower. Had been physically pushed to the limit. Jeans underneath waterproofs is not a good idea – legs felt like lead by the end of the day. Boxing Day dinner was another great feast, Steve rustled up a meat pie for himself and Tim and a vegetable pie for me, with deliciously seasoned tatties. I’ve never been much of a cook, but I’ve got a lot to live up to, and it’s my turn tomorrow…


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