Flatmate S and I decided we needed to spend some quality time together. It has been awhile since we had done anything together, just the two of us, away from the company of friends and boyfriends.
The Okura bush walk was chosen because my previous trip plan there had been cancelled a few weeks ago due to rain and health reasons; also S had heard from her friend that it was quite a popular course.
A half an hour drive North from the city centre near Long Bay, you will find rows of cars parked on the side of a road marking the start of the well walked course. The course itself is not very difficult. It is not even that long - only about an hour and a half, oneway. An hour into the walk, we stopped for a lunch break, to munch on sandwiches that we made in the morning, while sitting on one of the big branches on the shore of the side beach.
On the way back we just trudged back along the low tide beach, studying seashells and regretting not having brought our swimming togs. It was good to be in the nature amongst the ferns and manuka trees. We spotted a few fantail birds, and also found a small skull of a dead animal.. Could it have been a tiny dog?! Or just an possum?
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