But Where’s Bilbo?

I’m getting backlogged now because I’ve done so many great treks recently. I’ve obviously taken more pictures than I can handle, which is pretty standard for me. Wednesday, I went on a fabulous hike along the Skyline Walkway again, this time in a different direction.

"Candid" shot
“Candid” shot
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Wellington and the Skyline Walkway
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Heading towards Johnston Hill and endless green pastures

After a mile or so, the narrow path turned into farmland and rolling hills. There were signs advising people to keep their distance from any cattle encountered while hiking. The cows I came across seemed pretty content to go on with their grazing, but I guess everyone has an off day once in a while when they decide to just charge a person.

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WATCH OUT! I AM DANGEROUS!

I decided to climb Johnston Hill to see what the view was like at the top.

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Looking back down the winding path I just took
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Trail signs, often missing when I need them most.

AND WHAT A VIEW!

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Central Wellington from Johnston Hill
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Triumphant
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Path leading to Karori and the ‘burbs

I decided it was a great idea to sit on top of the summit marker for a photo.

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Looks easy enough…

When I got down, though, I almost lost my balance and was nearly certain I ripped my pants (I didn’t). Maybe not the best idea after all, but at least the picture looks decent. Note to self: fully weigh practicality of future epic photo ops before carrying out said photo ops. Moving on!

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Long and winding road

I was drawn to this incredibly green path next.

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Last time I checked, Middle Earth didn’t have telephone wires
Seriously, New Zealand?! Stop being so ridiculously good-looking!
Seriously, New Zealand?! Stop being so ridiculously good-looking!

I was planning on turning back when my path met a dirt road, BUT THEN I SAW THE SHIRE.

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No really! Where’s Bilbo?! I’m fully expecting Gandalf to drive his cart of fireworks around that corner.

Clearly, I had to keep going. Unfortunately, the only resident of this corner of Middle Earth was a sleepy cow. He definitely picked a prime piece of bovine real estate right here.

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Cow paradise

But I do kind of look like a hobbit compared to this giant downed tree.

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Mini me

I’ll leave you with my favorite photo from the day. Tomorrow, I’ll be writing about my hike to the sea, so stay tuned.

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New Zealand does color like no country on earth

4 thoughts on “But Where’s Bilbo?

  1. Another gorgeous set of pix, Kelsey. Please continue to watch out for dangerous-looking cattle.

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  2. I love reading about your adventures Kelsey! It looks like you are having a great time!!!

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    1. I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. Wish you could come visit! Too bad it’s so damn expensive and far.

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