Hillwalking

“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Tolkien always says it best! I’ve been doing a lot of exploring the past couple days, since the weather has been great. There are so many trails to choose from in this area, and I’m someone who wants to see what is around every single bend, so I usually end up taking lots of side paths to see where they lead. Wellington seems to have an infinite number of side paths, which just reaffirms that I chose the right city. Tuesday, I headed towards Makara Peak on the skyline walkway.

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Part of me was expecting a Ringwraith to show up
Even the signs are green
Even the signs are green
Path to Makara Peak
Path to Makara Peak

Now, I truly understand why they call this city “Windy Welly.” There were gusts up to 30 mph, according to the Weather Channel, and I don’t doubt that for a second. Still, nothing can deter me from a good hike, knowing the views Wellington always has in store. The winding path up Makara Peak is also a mountain bike trail, but I can’t imagine biking it. Kiwis do extreme outdoor sports like nobody else on earth!

Whoah there, wind!
Whoa there, wind!
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And this is only partway up the trail
Brief respite from the wind
Brief respite from the wind

I found a great spot to rest before turning back towards Karori.

Practicing with the self-timer - necessary while traveling alone
Practicing with the self-timer – necessary while traveling alone
Nothing better than taking in a view like this
Nothing better than taking in a view like this
The way back. Where are the hobbits hiding?
The way back. Where are the hobbits hiding?
A silver fern, the basis of New Zealand's trademark koru symbol
A silver fern, the basis of New Zealand’s trademark koru symbol

Next up, I’ll take you along on my hike towards Mount Kaukau yesterday. I think I found the Shire!

AND, I found a flat in Brooklyn that I will be moving into this upcoming weekend. Check out the view from the porch! Couldn’t be happier.

Is this real?!
Is this real?!

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