The Old Woman Hut offers an accessible overnighter for everyone to enjoy. Just over an hour’s walk from Duffers Saddle on Nevis Road (the highest public road in the country at a lofty 1420m). The track to the hut starts at a DOC sign just below Duffers Saddle and descends via a 4WD track before climbing for about 20 minutes. As height is gained, expansive views are revealed, encompassing all of the main ranges of Central Otago: the St Bathans, Dunstan and Hawduns to the east, the Pisa to the north, the Old Man to the south, and the Hectors and The Remarkables across the Nevis Valley to the west.
So as we sit with the chaos around me of lockdown again, I need to remember a few things (for now and the future):
Give yourself a break, not only mentally, but physically. Even five minutes for yourself will help. If you’re a mum then I pray you can hide somewhere at least. Here’s something that might help. Play heads down and thumbs up a few times then when they are used to it actually leave the room and hide somewhere. (Yes, I’ve said this one before but it is a gem).
Give the kids a break. They are used to routine and then it gets changed and that messes with their heads. It’s the same with school holidays. So I suggest trying to keep some things the same, e.g. meal times, bed times, etc.
Give other people a break. We all react differently to adversity. They may be going through something that you don’t know about, or maybe they are just annoying, but annoying people are still loved by someone, so give them a break.