we got there by boat
and everything was very crusty
even the spiders’ webs were weird
and the ferns roll themselves up in to kidney shapes to keep cool
here’s the hole down the middle of the volcano at the top
it was quite a walk to get to the top but worth it
here’s auckland town
and here’s the bridge i go across in the bus to get to work
we had a picnic up the top. our picnic was mostly very nice sandwiches made by mrs funkypancake. but this lady next to us had a pot with curry and cooked peas which she ate with proper cutlery. we couldn’t compete with that.
interestingly the path round the rim of the crater was made of red soil.
this is a cat trap.
and this is a sign about rubbish
we explored some lava caves with torches (mrs funkypancake had read the brochure beforehand and so took her head torch)
we emerged at the end of the lava caves to see this sign
then it was a tramp through the dark forest
and back down the hill and through the lava fields
it wasn’t a hugely hot day, but these volcanic stones really absorbed the heat
and it’s good to know prisoners built a toilet door
we also saw a flip flop tree
an abandoned concrete thrown
and a geocaching travelbug