While we are on the topic of failing – Here is a throwback to Stony Batter Historic Reserve, Waiheke Island.
This was our first holiday as first time parents. We had looked up what walks we could do on Waiheke Island and thought that Stony Batter Historic Reserve would tick all the boxes – doable with a baby in the front pack, take in a little bit of history and there were even some tunnels you could walk through.
It started on a farm track looking out over some vineyards, then rocky outcrops scattered the land and finally we ended up at the entrance to the old tunnels. These tunnels were part of a counter bombardment battery system that was established to protect Auckland harbour during World War II. You can still visit the reserve (see DOC website), but at the time of this post the tunnels are closed to the public.
We were met at the entrance by a women talking away to the goats 😳, the whole feel of the place was pretty spooky 🧙♀️ – bizare to say the least. So anyway she gave us a couple of torches and showed us to the entrance of the tunnels, we walked in and the door clanged shut behind us 🙈, it was pitch black, so light anywhere!
We walked straight ahead until we had to turn left and it was there that things opened up and you could take several turns into multiple rooms or up a set of stairs ……. it was here that I bailed!
Nope ……… just no!
It was like “The hills have eyes” – anyone seen those movies? Yip well, we turned around and gapped it. When we got out I said to the elderly women sitting at the shack at the start of the tunnel system “she (referring to the baby) didn’t like it in there” 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣
So as much as kids can be fantastic motivators they can also save fragile egos and be good excuses 😜