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MOUNT MISERY.

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''Full many a flower is born to blush uu^ seen Aud waste its sweetness on tbe desert air."

In all probability the majority of Hokitika residents have bat a vaguo idea of ■ the whereabouts of Mount Misery, (a place somewhat inappropriately named as I hope to show), and still fewer have visited a place which to my mind stould rank among the many beauty spots of the neighbourhood. j Until yesterday I had merely heard j the place favourably described, /and accompanied by a friend, saw and enjoyed a most charming bit of West Coast scenery. From Rimu the road turns to the left in the direction of Seddon's Terrace, and a run ot about three miles brought as to pur destination. '1 he roid is fairly good for. cycling and is a gradual rise from Rimu, After passing Messrs Chapman and Stewart's sawmill, it passes through tbe bush and ends somewhat abruptly at a spot where, asuf a curtain weie raised, one is suddenly . tiansported from the suburbs of Bimu tp a bird's eye view of the Kokatahi district extending from Mr Lang's farm to the mountains. At a few feet from the road is an extensive chasm, whose tides are almost perpendicular and clothed with ferns, etc. At the bottom of^ this chasm is a level plain, densely wooded with what seems to be white piue, the tops of the treaa, being many feet below the spectator. This belt of timber seems to be nearly two miles in width, and beyond it the river can be seen much the same a3 the view from a balloon. With tbe aid of a small telescope we could Fee farming operations in progress and unaided could easily recognise the various homesteads, butter factory etc. As a background to this charming panorama came the mountains which, however, would have shown to more advantage had the atmosphere been less hazy and bad they been covered with snow. To tourists as well as to local admirers of nature, I should strongly recommend this outing and especially if tbe time at their disposal prevents their going to other favourite iesorts situated further afield, seeing that two and a half or three hours is quite sufficient time to go, to see and to return.

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MOUNT MISERY. West Coast Times, Issue 13015, 14 October 1903

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