Saturday – Lake Mangamahoe

Worked all day today, but in the break between shifts James drove me, George, Sophie and Maren to Lake Mangamahoe, the one that I’d almost cycled to yesterday. It took us an hour to leave once everyone was dressed, made lunch, faffed and faffed some more. Mid-everyone else’s faff James came up with the idea of taking boiled eggs – we figured there would be plenty of time to boil them before everyone was ready, and sure enough there was!

It was a beautiful day out, sunny, but, as ever, the mountain was in cloud. So there were no amazing views of the mountain, just where it should have been! The walk around the lake was lovely though, black swans, redwoods, ferns, cicada husks and at the end of the walk we had a picnic. We were soon joined by loads of ducks, came out of the lake to see what we had to eat.

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Almost at the view point

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James had been out especially to buy some swimming shorts, the idea being to swim in the lake, but there really wasn’t anywhere we could see to swim. I’d spotted that the meeting of the waters place was meant to be ok so we decided to stop there on the way back.

We arrived and there were already others in the water. Sadly George, Sophie and Maren wouldn’t join us despite wearing their swimmers…. The water wasn’t as cold as the sea had been, but still pretty chilly!

We waded in and then went for it! Chilly, even when swimming, had fun swimming against the current and going no where, then James was super brave and swung in on the rope swing the kids had been playing on – not without first asking them if it was safe!!

We were back with just enough time for a quick shower before it was time for work. I’d asked Alan if it was ok for me to finish a bit early as it seemed pretty quiet – wanted to go over to hospital to visit Bruce (ex-hostelmate with broken arm) as he’d had his arm operated on, but as 6.30 came around loads of people arrived and so that plan went out the window.

Instead I was forced into having a BBQ with James and George along with copious amounts of beer.

At around midnight George announced he was off into town, so James, Sophie and I soon followed to continue the drinking (featuring a Jellybean – black sambucca and Chambord) and start the dancing to some terrible music.

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James' photo!

A late night McDs of filet o fish was necessary, and managed to get to bed at around 4am

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