Auckland Baptist Tramping Club

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This was the first of a new breed of tramps which the club is organising specially for families. It is anticipated that such family tramps can be organised 3 or 4 times a year. They are purely for families, although families can of course participate in other tramps as well. The hope is that families get to know each other, they get to experience how the club operates and it gives families an easy way of enjoying Godís great outdoors.

With the onset of Covid virus most churches closed on Sunday 21 March and not surprisingly we were not a large group but a diverse one, easy to manage and we had lots of fun. There were 6 children aged from about 7 to 13 and the total group was 15 people.

We met in the car park at the top of the driveway near the sports building. Barbara and Paul welcomed the group for our first family focused club walk and we introduced each other and prayed before setting off across the lip of the main crater, over the central lava plug, up to the rim on the western side then turning right and following the rim clockwise along to the highest summit, looking down on the second, steeper crater, then pausing - Paul gave a further talk about volcanology of the mountain and the 800 years of Maori occupation and Murray shared a reflection about the wonder of Godís creation. (Barbara prepared the reflection but did not continue to the summit because of a knee strain).

We returned by a similar route and explored the large food pits near the starting point of the walk. The walk concluded around 4pm. It was a wonderful lively time and those of us who led the tramp are looking forward to the next one. I would not be surprised to see our participants again on future walks or tramps.

This was a successful start to a new direction for the club Ė so glad we got it in just before the Covid virus restrictions put our country into lockdown!
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