27 people showed up for the ABTC Summer Tramps Reunion. Covid Red Light restrictions had made some changes
to how we would normally hold this event. As we entered our vaccine passes were checked, and we had to
scan in to a QR code specially made for this occasion. Instead of the usual mix-and-mingle to begin with,
we were seated at our tables to chat over drinks and nibbles. Self-service dinner and dessert were from
a table outside the servery to allow social distancing. After the meal we remained at our tables for
the presentations, most of us donning facemasks. |
Phillip Donnell gave a presentation about the
Inland Pack Track that he led on 1-2 Jan, to classical music including Voices Of Spring Waltz for the
Ballroom Overhang, Hornpipe from Water Music and Benedictus. After giving a plug for his Footsteps walking
tours, he put on a slideshow of the Lake Christabel tramp to Indian music.
presented devotions about trees. We all love trees of all sorts of shapes and sizes. The Bible starts
and finishes with trees, being signs of God’s provision, from the Garden of Eden to the Tree of Life
in the New Jerusalem. Jesus died on a wooden cross which has become for us the Tree of Life. There could
be no life on earth without trees, these produce oxygen for us to breathe, and absorb the carbon dioxide
we breathe out, and they also provide habitats and food for countless animals, and food and medicines
for people. In the Garden of Eden were two special trees – Tree of Life and Tree of Knowledge of Good
and Evil. The Cross of Christ is the third tree, lives living in dependence and faith in Jesus Christ
who gave His life on this tree so we can be saved. Always put your roots deep into His Word to make us
fruitful in our lives.
This was followed by presentations about day walks and pack-carry tramps
from Christine, Ian, Tina and Simon, these included Lake Daniells, Reefton daywalks, Reefton overnighter,
Doubtful and Nina, and the Paparoa Track. Murray Black presented cards to David Walker, Barbara and Jill
Walker for their hard work organising these tramps, plus one for Ruth Ungemuth who wasn’t present.
We had a quiz exercise at our tables about what goes into a Club first aid kit, and Christine won a chocolate
bar. Murray presented a proposal for the 2022-23 summer tramps to Kaikoura and Hanmer, with Tina going
through the registration form details. The evening finished with general notices including a work weekend
in the Kaimai Ranges in two weeks’ time.