Here's what we ended up doing this fine November weekend. After an intense week of teaching for both students and staff we woke up to a cool Saturday morning and jumped in our vans and drove off to Wairere Falls, a waterfall on the other side of the Kaimai hills. There we went on a 1,5 hour hike up to the summit, counquering steep slopes, roots, rocks and mud, to finally reach the top of the waterfall. The wind was blowing like crazy and we got drenched in the spray as it literally rained upwards. Haha! We we're having a blast. Totally soaked we hiked back down through the jungle (how I would describe New Zealand forest) and celebrated together at the bottom with our packed lunches of wraps and cookies and attempts to dry our clothes. I was reminded of how much I love hiking and being out in uncomfortable situations where I need to push through. It's the life. Simple and joyful.