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Don’t quite know what to make of this but it would appear that Economic and Financial Fundamentals don’t seem to count for much in the current economic environment. The market, I feel, may have been heavily distorted due to excess liquidity in the Global Financial system… As explained in a prior article, the Global Financial system has long since stopped making any sort of sense to me and have to confess that all I see is perhaps the biggest Global Liquidity bubble to ever grace this planet.
As a slight aside, but perhaps still related… I have a confession to make, I’ve since thrown my toys out of the cot (Went against personal moral imperatives) and earlier this year took a position in NYSE:FB and have sinced added to it a few days ago. To be direct, this position is mostly owing to an observation of what I perceive an unnerving spreading uptake of various addictions and a steady diet of Bread and Circuses, I’ve given away hope for the time being that us common folk as a collective will collectively wake up to see what the heck we are doing to ourselves over the longer term as we cede more and more power increasingly away from ourselves to an ever smaller number of people (Power elites as it were). Sorry for the conspiracy like prose, but I couldn’t find any other way to word it.
As for the Global Asset bubbles, this whole speculation in things (Bitcoin, Housing) frankly has been a rather bewilderingly and perplexing thing I’ve just never understood about the human species. Why bother starting up a business in this environment? Why bother investing in productive businesses? Enterprise no longer seems to be rewarded as much, rampant speculation is. Why bother working some might understandably think… Just keep borrowing and buying houses, re-mortgage to release equity for a deposit, rinse and repeat? The Value of work I feel has been eroded… Who the heck cares about productive versus non-productive assets… Eh? Continue reading “Hell Freezes Over – Confession time”→
Trip notes for the Karamatura Valley and Mount Donald Mclean trail, a regular solo short to medium walk I regularly do. This will perhaps be my first attempt at documenting a trail in some sort of detail in a format inspired predominantly by MotoWalk NZ
In summary, A trek up through Fletcher Track up to Mount Donald Mclean and back via Karamutura Valley.
Explore of Motuora Island today with the North Shore Tramping Club. Lead by Imogen with Karen who took us there in the official Yellow bus. Photos posted to NUI.NZ, Click Image below to access the gallery…
Will add some more details in the next few days. (Right now I’m feeling really really sleepy, Apologies!)
Occasionally I will take advantage of Rental Relocation deals to usually to do a road trip after a key event concludes (be it, after a hike or after a work trip) to explore an area that is new to me.
After attending the Outdoor Training NZ AGM in Wellington in the weekend just past, A JUCY Condo Camper van was lined up in order to go back to Auckland, where we took turns driving it back to Auckland. It was perhaps my first time experiencing driving a Van and a Camper.
About the “JUCY” Campervan itself. Main points…
A pleasant and friendly lady at the Wellington JUCY branch showed us around the vehicle, how to operate the various functions and provided instructions for return.
The JUCY “Condo” camper we got was in a good state of repair, very clean and tidy
A Freshly cleaned set of Blankets and duvet supplied as well as towels for 4 occupants.
All Cutterly, Bowls, Plates and Cups have been supplied
The Vehicle included two LPG hobs including Pots, Pans and a kettle.
A Chemical toilet was included.
I did find the Vehicle to be quite thirsty, drinking about 12-13 litres of petrol every 100km at Highway speeds.
The Vehicle only had a 2.0 litre naturally aspirated petrol motor and given the size envelope and weight of the vehicle, it naturally struggled with hills, while noticeably labouring at 100km/h on the flat. Be prepared to pull over frequently to allow other traffic to pass on hilly sections.
Noticed the Camper was perhaps a little more tiring to drive than a regular rental car. (e.g. in comparison with a Toyota Corolla Hatch)
General observations about renting a car (not necessarily confined to Relocation deals)…
It is in my feeling that you really need at least 48 hours to make the Car rental relocation journey a worthwhile undertaking, otherwise it could all just driving point to point with little time to actually stop off on the way to look at things.
Many Excess reduction insurance options offered by many rental car companies excludes the likes…
Under Body and Overhead damage.
Tires / Punctures.
You may still be levied with a claim fee of about $75 even if you took up the $0 excess option.
Most standard Holidays parks charge per person in terms of Camping, not per site, bear that in mind when looking around for places to stay. Cabins and motel units at the same Holiday parks are usually advertised at the Twin rate.
If you have a self contained Camper van, it may be prudent financially to take advantage of that and Freedom Camp where ever possible and as long as it is legal to do so.
Relatively short Multiday Trip to Tama Lakes, Waihohonu Hut and Oturere hut and back out to Desert Road. Was going to go around to Mangetepopo Hut and complete the Northern Circuit though an updated 11:00 a.m. Weather report upon reaching Oturere Hut, the Ranger advised us not to proceed due to dangerously high wind gusts.
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Hut Rangers, Doug and Horse, who we met on the trail, were fantastic.
A dip in the Springs near Waihohonu Hut provided some much needed refresh and temporarily removed the pain of my Left foot.
The Road up to the Lighthouse becomes very windy half way up the Awhitu Peninsula. Beware new speed camera about 400m out (north along Awhitu Road) from Waiuku.
It was observed that a seemingly substantial percentage of the real estate was being marketed for sale, particularly the further north you went (e.g Big Bay). However the reason why this was the case remains unknown.
Short walks this afternoon to Mount Taupiri and Pukemokemoke, click picture below to access the photo gallery at NUI.NZ.
The Taupiri Mountain Bushwalk was approved for by Maori Elder, Turnate Mahuta, and cared for by Local residents along with the Taupiri Young Farmers Club. Pukemokemoke Reserve is under the care of the David Johnstone Pukemokemoke Bush Trust in conjuction with Friends of the Pukemokemoke.
Both Bush Walks (to the summits and return) are about 1-2 hours each.
Elevation gain for Taupiri Mountain is approximately 270 while the elevation gain for Pukemokemoke is approximately 150.
Over the next month or two, I’m planning (where I have time) to go back through past posts and photo albums and tidying a few things up. Namely…
Finish captioning as many un-captioned photos as I can.
Writing up more detailed Trip reports to go with the Photo Albums (where I can, particularly with those to do with Hiking).
While originally the intent of this homepage was purely set up as a means of keeping in contact with friends and loved ones (in preference to relying on Facebook), the reason for the Tidy up planning came about while I was trying to search for some new possible hiking trips to do and then ending up back at my own homepage.
It appears some of the pages have been ranking a little higher in search results than they have in the past and this corresponds with a noticeable uptick in general visitation arriving from various search engines, combined with an increase in the general email inquiries about various trips and what not.
I’m thinking some people will no doubt be landing on my website (expecting to find more information about a given hike or place), seeing a photo and going… “Where the Flip is this? Where is this landmark / building? Where’s the Information?!” Potentially frustrating casual visitors in the process.
All that said, the intent of this website was to be a personal homepage (to keep in contact with loved ones and friends) and I never really envisioned it being anything more than that. I don’t at present have any plans as such of turning this into any sort of travel blog with any intention to monetize or paste it over with adverts, at least not yet anyway. (Website is currently funded solely through my own personal funds)
Attended the Flight Centre Travel Expo briefly in the morning just to have a quick look. While it perhaps didn’t really inspire me to go traveling more than I currently do, it did put in perspective just how much people were willing to pay for convenience by buying a pre-arranged tour, even with the 15% Flight Centre Expo discount applied. Seems 180-450 per day per person is the norm and that is excluding flights.
While people will no doubt have differing views, based on one’s circumstances (You’re time poor, you have a family to look after, etc). I feel that planning a holiday yourself and researching in detail where to go, what to do, etc,is a large part of the Holiday experience.
I think it was the same deal with my Victoria, Australia trip to both the Grampians [Photos] and 12 Apostles [Photos]. Looked at tours available then in the end, decided to book a rental car myself and book accommodation myself for a much cheaper overall rate.
For those in a position to do so, self arranged holidays provided some advantages…
Not being rushed and hearded around. Take it at your leisure. Increased chances for better photo opportunities.
More flexibility to see what you want, do want you want.
Even for a solo traveler, booking your own transport and accommodation worked out cheaper than taking a pre-packaged tour.
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Quick little shots Miscellaneous shots from Cornwall park after having attended the Flight Centre Travel Expo. Was hoping to see some blossoms, but it didn’t quite eventuate as planned. It was also the middle of the day where most people would be visiting the park so didn’t quite get any descent photo opportunities that weren’t essentially just crowds of people…
Sunday 24th September 2017 – A walk up to Kohukohunui, Photos posted to NUI.NZ.
We first attempted to access Kohukohunui via Moumoukai Hill Road [Topo link], but we discovered upon reaching the road end car park, the place is now pasted in signs with “No Public Access permitted”.
We then drove on around the seabird coast to Waharau [Topo link] and started our ascent from there taking the most direct route towards “Kohukohunui” via Waharau Ridge Track connecting on to Mangatangi Ridge Track. We stopping at Thousand Acre Campsite shelter for Lunch (and stopped there again on the way back). Due to time and daylight constraints we returned back the same way.
Click picture below to Access the Photo Gallery.
Other notes, considerations and points of possible interest…
Difficulty Grade: Medium (Approximately 6 on a difficulty scale out of 10). Some moderately steep sections + some mud.
The side track to Kohukohunui Trig states 10 minutes (pictured above). In reality, this is closer to 20 minutes
Track condtion of Waharau Trig track is generally good with a handful of slightly muddy patches.
Conditions were very muddy for the last 1.5 km to Kohukohunui Trig.
Waharau Car park closes at 7:00 p.m. during the Winter season (During non day light saving times) and 9:00 p.m during the Summer season (During day light saving times)
Thousand Acre campsite has a fairly newly built shelter with one long drop toilet.
It was also today I learned that Raro cordial mix gives me bugger all energy and has little effect at helping me get up hills. Apparently a row from Whitakers Chocolate bar gives you eight to ten times more Calories to burn.