By Emma Keeler, 9 years old, Hira School, Nelson
In the summer holidays Dad, Mum, Zara, Paige and I went to Beebys Hut. We stayed for one night.
We had to get the key to unlock the gate so we could drive through; only one family was allowed to use the key at a time. It cost ninety dollars for the key and the padlock so if you didn’t bring the key back you wouldn’t get ninety dollars back. Zara, Paige and I got to sleep on the top bunks. That night we went hunting with Dad.
We were walking on a track at the start but later on there were trees on the path so we had to climb over them. Dad said that Paige was the best at climbing over them. Mum and Zara were not that good at walking on steep slopes so they were a bit behind. That night we couldn’t see a single deer because we were a bit too noisy except for Dad.
On the way back to the car the moon was rising above the ridge. It was big and orange and when we got further up the hill, we could see the moon fully. Dad took photos of us pretending to hold the moon.
After that, we walked to the car and drove back to the hut.
The next morning after breakfast we had to start packing except for Mum and me because we were going to bike to the gate. When we were about three quarters of the way I decided to stop. The brakes on Zara’s bike were not working properly. Because I stopped, Mum decided to stop too.
Then we started to walk for about ten minutes. I kept taking short cuts when there were sharp corners. When we were about five metres away from the gate, Dad, Zara, Paige came down in the car to pick us up.
I hope we go there again one day.
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