SWMBO sends thank you to everyone:
Thank you to all the love and messages of sympathy to SWMBO. On Wednesday afternoon She slipped over to sprain one ankle and broke the other. So TRM was the same as the NZ Government – rudderless, operating on auto, while the Manager of everything was in Taupo Hospital emergency ward.
In three hours She had been admitted and registered in Turangi (Pihanga Medical Centre) and had the doctor check it out and send Her to Taupo for Xrays who referred her to Taupo Hospital where She was attended to immediately on arrival and thoroughly spoilt with sympathetic attention and fitted with Her moon boot.
What wonderful efficient medical service and such nice professional people we have available. Most impressed.
TRM’s apology was particularly needed for inmates – firstly Graham who left his trout in the smoker – to take out 4 hours later… I was supporting SWMBO to the local medical centre when I remembered their time was up so they must have been incinerated to smoked kippers as I returned to turn it off over an hour later. Secondly, apologies to Kev as well – we had booked a remote river fishing trip this weekend but my leave pass was cancelled.
A better alternative option to the Tongariro Crossing:
Now the summer weather is approaching it is time to plan your next big adventure (Adventure before dementia?).
SWMBO (She Who Must Be Obeyed manages everything around here) cannot afford to have unhappy inmates so we needed to identify a better option than the 20km crossing.
And we did!
The best alternative option for those young and fit enough is covered in the video above – to climb the highest mountain in the North Island is a worthy replacement – what is more it is easier in every respect.
No crowding or queues.
Much shorter distance makes it more “doable”.
The sense of accomplishment is better.
The views are far better in all directions from the roof of the North Island.
The ride up in the chairlifts in summer is the only expense – instead of shuttle bus fares.
At the end of your walk is the highest cafe in the Southern hemisphere.
Like the Crossing you need fine weather. Absolutely essential. But we even have an even better alternative option for when the weather fails. This involves three separate trails with entirely different themes.
Each loop trail is short enough to be able to back out if the weather turns…
1 A one hour riverside loop walk with views over the Tongariro River and Lake Taupo (see below)
3 A two hour alpine loop walk to a spectacular waterfall.
To describe each of these we have copied previous reports as follows:
….. TRM warned about the excessive crowding on the Tongariro Crossing – up to 3-4000 tourist trampers per day during the silly season. In preparation for more complaints we also commented on:
Better alternative options
If you wear ‘polaroid’ sun glasses you should be able to spot huge trout in the river. The route wanders past several famous trout pools – Island Pool, Major Jones Pool, Breakfast Pool, to about 1 km up river to the swing bridge….