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Autumn Leaves & McLaren Falls

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McLaren Falls, North Island NZ

After Lake Waikaremoana, I was keen to check out the boiling mud and giant geysers of Rotorua.  I rolled into town and was greeted by a heavy blanket of sulfurous air and motel-lined streets.  Perhaps the contrast was too extreme from my serene nature experience in Waikaremoana, but Rotorua gave me anxiety and I was outta there quick!  I simply I wasn’t in the mood to join the tourist-filled parking lots.

Luckily, my intuition guided me about 30 minutes north to a magical, autumn-filled park where camping was cheap and you had access to all the hot water and showers you could imagine… excellent!  Not THAT’S my kind of place!

It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon when I arrived and the lighting on the red and gold leaves was simply spectacular. I was feeling rather overzealous about the warm weather and decided to pitch a tent that night.  While the days are pleasant t-shirt weather… I soon learned that the temperature drops significantly during the evening and my nylon shelter did not provide the greatest protection. I checked out Tauranga the next day and spent another night enjoying the splendors of the farm, sheep, and an extremely friendly chicken (in my cozy car this time)!     OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
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2 thoughts on “Autumn Leaves & McLaren Falls

  1. Those are absolutely GORGEOUS photos!

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