As we departed west toward the Southern Alps, the weather was a balmy sunny morning. Not a candyfloss cloud in the sky.
The Rakaia Gorge Track was in no man’s land. As we started the 10 odd kilometre walk, sunshine. Just 3 kilometres inland, driving rain has us cowering under vegetation canopy. The wind picked up too giving caution to it being hypothermic possibilities.
It made for the track to become rivers of mud. Bets were made as to who would ‘arse up’ first. Staying on the track was paramount as a slide down into the Rakaia River would have been a drenching for sure. Fortunately, no one did.
Once down on the grey whacky shingle bed looking back toward the bridges that connected the Inland Scenic Route, we were back in the rays and it didn’t take long to dry out.
Bell birds sang. Rabbits hopped. Jet boats jetted. The girls gaggled.
In-between the munching of course!