June 10th, 2011we so excited

I’ve already written a post about what a huge blessing last weekend’s Impact conference was on Who Do You Serve? This is the photo edition…

In Taupo on the way to Impact.

On the way down to Hastings we stopped in Taupo for lunch (I think between us we managed to sample every fast food shop in the place.) In the freezing Lake Taupo breeze we were starting to wonder why we had all got thickshakes and slushies.

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November 20th, 2010white water

Earlier this afternoon.

Grade 5 waterfalls. The biggest is 7 metres, the highest commercially rafted in the world. 30 tonnes of water per second.

You’ve gotta try it!

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January 9th, 2010The Pinnacles

On Wednesday we conquered The Pinnacles. It was the best tramp I’ve ever done.

Praise the Lord for the beauty He has created, and for enabling us to enjoy it.

It takes eight hours and is usually done as an overnight hike… for wimps.

We summited in two hours.

(Admittedly that pace was far beyond my comfort zone.)

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September 27th, 2009and then we came to some mud

Aaron, Jacob and Jonny

Aaron, Jacob and Jonny

It was Zac’s 18th BD yesterday. We went on a four hour tramp in the Kaimai Ranges. It rained like crazy for days before. It stopped raining and we started the tramp. It started again. We got wet. But Aaron had already got wet at the first stream crossing when he did a beautiful pirouette  down the bank and into the deepest part of the stream.

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July 6th, 2009hockey is back

We got back into hockey two weeks ago. (Now that I finally found some street hockey balls and some of our team returned from their travels.)

Hockey - June - 4c

We had four players against five, with Jesse. Jesse’s side won 8-4. Jesse swapped teams and his new side won 7-3.

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March 28th, 2009world’s best beach


New Chums Beach is rated in the top 20 beaches in the world (by the Observer in 2006). I believe them.

On Thursday we picked up some Menzies and drove an hour north from Whitianga to the starting point. From there you cross a ‘lagoon’ (which was hardly there at low tide) and walk about 20 mins to New Chums.

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January 16th, 2009tramps


Yesterday we tramped the Te Rereatukahia Loop Track in the Kaimai Ranges with the Menzies.

Track time: 7hrs.

We expected to beat that.

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December 29th, 2008sentinel rock and the ninnies

sentinel rock and the ninnies

Behind the ninnies you can see the spectacular views of Sentinel Rock on top of the Kaimai ranges, and surrounding countryside (near Katikati).

Between the ninnies and the background you can see a tropical storm.

I’ve wanted to go up there for years, and this morning was the appointed time. It seems I’ll have to go back another time to see the rock.

We had great fun. The rain added to the whole experience! There would have been no mud on the steep climb without it.

We did the 4-5 hour walk (12km) in 3 hours, and were back for lunch.

December 27th, 2008boxing day

boxing day

Yesterday the party was here. I’ve got pics of the six square. But you’ll have to go to other blogs to see shots of the volleyball, pool games, darts… and eating. ;)

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September 15th, 2008decision time

decision time

The long and arduous task of selecting teams. It’s barbaric and filled with rejection… well, apparently.

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