Do you remember me telling you about the couple from ACU that we ran into our second day in Auckland? Well they were passing through Nelson so we decided to go on an overnight trip together before they left! We headed to Mt. Arthur which was about an hour and a half away from Nelson. The initial hike to the hut was only about an hour and half and then we kept going towards the mountain for another 45 minutes or so. We didn’t know if we were going to be staying in the hut or our tents until we arrived but we quickly decided we didn’t want another windy night like Cobb Valley. The four of us had a blast! Bringing cards on a hike is genius – we played a few different games, built a fire, listened to country music, ate our dehydrated meals and had some well deserved chocolate. At one point, a song came on with the following lyrics:
“Our houses are protected by the good Lord and a gun
And you might meet ’em both if you show up here not welcome son
Our necks are burnt, our roads are dirt and our trucks ain’t clean
The dogs run lose, we smoke, we chew and fry everything
Out here, way out here
We won’t take a dime if we ain’t earned it
When it comes to weight brother we pull our own
If it’s our backwoods way of livin’ you’re concerned with
You can leave us alone
We’re about John Wayne, Johnny Cash and John Deere
Way out here.”
Where in the world do people get the idea that we’re all gun slingin’, rough, tough cowboys in Texas? I have no idea!
The night got interesting when we saw a few mice before we went to bed. Needless to say, we didn’t get a lot of sleep that night. Josh and Jenny were on the “top bunk” area so we climbed up into the loft where they were about 3 am – a funny mental image! In the back country huts it’s basically 4 walls, windows, sometimes a fire place and big pieces of plywood that everyone sleeps on. Atleast we knew Josh and Jenny…if it was a full house we would’ve been snoozing next to some strangers! We are planning on (hopefully) meeting back up with our friends on the south island since they will be traveling around the same time as us. Who knew I would go to college with 2 people for 4 years that I never hung out with and then a few years later climb a mountain with them in another country? Life is fun like that.