Tim is currently working for DOC somewhere in the back of beyond. He has no power, no phone and one running water tap. He has lots of DOC maps and booklets, a standard issue green ranger shirt and a pack of cards for fun. He sent me a photo of his back yard:
We stay in contact via DOC channel bush radio. It’s most hilarious because even though I speak on a phone, he speaks on a radio and I have to say “over” when I’ve finished talking so he knows when he can start talking. Sometimes I get excited and talk to him when he’s talking to me. Which of course he can’t hear so I have to start over. It’s a very un-natural way to have a conversation. It takes twice as long to say anything. Tomorrow he’s hiking out for the night so he can have a shower, wash his standard issue shirt and eat some fresh vegetables. We’re meeting in Arthur’s Pass for dinner. You know it’s true love when your fella walks an 8 hour round trip to see you.