July 1, 2009
On a whim, I teamed up with good friend Sarah and headed down to the Coromandel Peninsula for the weekend. The idea was to do some hiking in the lush Coromandel Forest Park, and maybe circumnavigate the peninsula. But we should probably have checked the weather forecast first: The lady at the Coromandel Department of Conservation office shook her head and pointed to a whiteboard with ominous-looking radar images and heavy rain warnings.
So instead, we did a couple of short forest walks, and marveled at the pea soup that blanketed much of the area for the entire weekend. Below are some snapshots from the trip.
A hiking trail winds through dense native forest, packed with tree ferns.
Carefully crafted steps on a hiking trail in the Coromandel Forest Park.
Typical Coromandel vegetation: Lush, green, dense and varied.
Sarah takes a break to get her hair under control.