I explained this hike in my last post, and here are some photos to show the amazing views. Only a two hour round trip hike, and it was a nice way to start my stay in New Zealand.
I bought this nifty cool adapter from Amazon– a “camera connection kit” that has 5 little ports for different kinds of memory cards on one side and a plug thing that I can plug into my iPad charger port on the other. So I took all the above photos on my digital camera, not my iPhone, to see if I could get better photo quality. Then I took out the memory card, used my connection kit, and they were imported on to my iPad! I don't have my laptop with me on this trip– way too heavy. So I'm hoping that between my iPad, iPhone, and digital camera, I can make do with limited technology. The key is if I have wi-fi connection on the farms where I'll be going, and that's not a guarantee.
So today, I'll be heading back into downtown Auckland to walk around a bit (my legs are quite stiff from all the walking yesterday). And then I take a bus to New Plymouth, down the west coast of New Zealand, about 6 hours from Auckland. I'll be spending two weeks in that area WWOOF-ing at two different farms. I'm not sure how much technology I'll have access to. So I may not end up blogging for some time.
But in case you don't know, WWOOF stands for Worldwide Opportunities in Organic Farming. It's an international community of sorts. According to the New Zealand website: WWOOF New Zealand is part of a world wide community that promotes awareness of ecological farming practices by providing volunteers with the opportunity to live and learn on organic properties. WWOOF is an enjoyable, educational and safe way to explore and get to know the people in the country.
So I'll be farming for the next month or so. Living on the earth, getting to know how farming works. I'm doing this not because I think I'll become a farmer but I want to learn more about how people have taken principles of taking care of the earth and families and communities and translated that into their everyday lives. Some terms that get used in this “world” are permaculture, biodynamics, sustainability… I think growing your own food is one way to give back to the earth and also to oneself.
It will be interesting. I'm sure I'm going to be sore for a few days. Weeding and gardening at home always made me sore for days! But working several hours a day and then getting a half day to rest each day should be interesting.