Saturday, March 20, 2010
scenic Sunday: Stream walking adventure.
Yesterday I went for a four hours tramp. Part of it included stream walking. I was glad to have my pair of good hiking boots. As I waded in the foot high water, I remember another adventure I didn't quite enjoy.
The year was in the early 80s. As a newly wed, I was happy to help the water engineer, then the water student. His PhD thesis had to do with stone scouring, and he had to go up the bush/mountains to do his survey. I went with him as his assistant, and as a poor student, he did not think of getting good tramping boots. I borrowed a friend's white gum boots which he used for his summer job in the freezing work.
It was freezing cold, and I followed the water student as he did his survey and research. Wearing the ill fitting gum boots was very uncomfortable and cumbersome. I couldn't walk as fast as he could. At the end of the trip, I had blisters.
He had forgotten about this trip, I haven't. I told him we have to go back to the Coromandels Mountains with the kids to show them that we did not get things easy.