PUKETITI STATION – November 11, 2018
We had finished all the planned caving and the day we set aside for scrubbing our gear was superfluous when we had all scrubbed our stuff and hang it out to dry after Thunderer Cave. So, what to do on our penultimate day … after much discussion we decided to do an easy “short” walk in the area, the Gorge Track and possibly Double Falls Track.
So, our trip was over, all that remained was the last supper (great pasta Jo). On the 12th, Team Trekers (David, JV & Jox) would be heading over to Napier on the start of their next adventure, walking the Waikaremoana Great Walk. Team Cavers (Jo, Rob, Josette, Heather and me) would squish ourselves into the hire care for the drive back to the airport. As always when a group splits up, I feel like I’m sending my kids off on the first day of school, sad to see them go!
So, what I know you’ve all been waiting for … the Stats!
- Although we each bought different food, when added up, we went through
- 3 dozen eggs
- 1.5k grated cheese
- 1.5k cheddar cheese
- 3 rounds of camembert
- 3 doz bottles of wine
- 1 bottle Cointreau
- 1.5k strawberries & blueberries
- Mince – who knows how much as there were 5 meals with minced beef base
- Photographic Record – it was hard to tell as there were multiple cameras but at a guess
- 32g of Go Pro footage (can’t wait to see the movie) and
- 2,000 photos
- we spent approximately 23 hours underground
- those that caved every day did a total of eight caves, some twice when we doubled back on a turn-around trip!
- Although it did rain from time to time (a lot of the time in the evening), not wonce did we have to walk through full on rain to get to a cave, amazing when you consider that NZ is wet-as!
Again, thank you so much Jox for organising our pre-caving days in Auckland and to David for organising the trip as a whole, everything worked like clockwork, the caves were great, your knowledge of them was amazing and you’ve left everyone with wanting to see other karst areas.