One of the many wonderful things about living here in Rotorua is that we have a crazy-good selection of options for a good old fashioned walk in the woods. Through forest, around lakes, up to springs, over hills... everywhere you look there's a wonderful walking track to explore amongst the woods - pine, fir, beech, gum, and probably the most iconic here - the Redwoods.
So instead of going for my usual Friday morning mountain bike ride yesterday, since I was full of (lowers voice) *snot* I went for a walk with the dawgs in the Redwoods. There's a great walk up some big steps to the top of an old quarry with a view out over the forest towards Lake Rotorua.
That's Pepper on the left and Koko on the right. English Pointers are lovely little beasties. They're bird dogs so they love to watch, point at and chase birds, and have absolutely no desire to kill. And unless you're traipsing about in the snow (which they wouldn't like much since they're really soft) they're generally in complete contrast to their surroundings so are easy to spot racing around amongst the trees.
The view from the top of the quarry out over the lake.
And for a wee treat a coffee at the end of the walk from this cool little coffee cart outside the Redwoods visitor centre. Are they as obsessed about coffee in other countries as much as we are here?