Between our trips with Heritage Expeditions to the sub-Antarctic we went home to Gorge River for a month of summer. We did one possum-hunting trip, lots of fishing, hunting and swimming and on rainy days we made possum skin hats. I’m taking one of them with me to Antarctica to keep me warm.
The Gorge River is amazingly green in color when not flooded. Sometimes it even warms up for swimming
On our way to go diving, the Steeples
Looking up the coast from Gorge River mouth to Cascade Point
My home. We grow a large garden out in front for fresh vegetables
Walking along the coastline after a possum-hunting trip
A deer we shot to eat. We make lots of jerky to take with us on our travels.
Gorge River from the ocean. This is the rock we fish off.
Fishing for blue cod at the Gorge Islands. Looking north up the coast
Swimming in the river on a hot sunny day
Big Bay DOC hut
The view into the Red Hills
Cooking on a campfire every second night
Our camp at one end of our possum trap line
Midway through our week-long possum-hunting trip.
Cooking up venison back steak on the camp fire
Pyke River valley
Fresh seafood over the fireplace
Frying mussels and paua with onions
Fresh seafood we collected that evening with rice noodles
Tramping back home.
Looking south to Martins Bay and Milford Sound
There were so many sandflies this summer, we caught them in a bowl with a light shining above it.
Looking north from Gorge River
Thousands of kahawai in the river mouth
Walking along the coastline just south of home