We didn’t go to Gisborne, but we spent some time in Napier, not far south …

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(not anywhere near that)
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Time for a change Down Under …

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(It’s only 5 rupees for Indians to see the Taj … )

They got the numbers wrong but the gist is still interesting …

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Monkeys need more space

It’s like a blacktop up there — all black and shining rock looking every bit like asphalt poured from a truck; the sun beats it and the heat reflects up like a furnace. A dramatic change from moments before as we clambered up-slope against brutal winds.

We celebrate with photos and a prolonged appreciation of the excellent views, because now more than any time on our trek the weather accommodates our desire for unobscured spectacle. To our left, just a little northwest from where we’re standing, rises the snowcovered eminence of the Dent de la Chaux, and to the north the unclimbed (by us) Haute Cime. Below we descend into a flower- and cow-littered valley that sweeps down to the Lac de Salanfe, the largest lake in these parts.

They have very nice trains in Germany …