Meet Lucy – Hokitika Depot Dudette

Lucy is part of team in Hokitika on the West Coast, and will be one of the faces you’ll meet when starting your West Coast Wilderness Trail journey.

What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

Oct 16 2020, my mum had an accident on the farm. Head lacerations amongst other injuries, pools of blood everywhere and just a grisly scene in general. Had to really step up, ensure the ambulance arrived, even flew in the rescue helicopter with her whilst dad remained at home to clean up and pack. It was traumatic but I knew mum needed us, so there was no time for the waterworks.

If you could hop on a plane within an hour, where would you go?

Lemesurier Island, Alaska. Population of 1 – Caretaker Bob. Went on a family holiday there and it was incredible. No technology and modern amenities so you really notice the isolation and the untouched wilderness. My soft spot would be the sea otters that would float unbothered along the shores – fluffiest animals ever! Probably shouldn’t say this but the outhouse had some unbeatable views too! 

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

“A tidy room is a tidy mind.”

Have to grudgingly admit mum was right about a few things! As a young adult and balancing multiple new responsibilities, it’s easier to go through life being tidy and organised. You don’t have your subconscious worrying about junk when it’s been dealt with, and you can live more in the present.

What’s your favourite season and why?

Summer – the days are longer, hotter, dryer. Nothing compares to the feeling of the sun warming my back whilst I’m outside doing activities and hearing the cicadas in the dry grass.

What sport would you compete in if you were in the Olympics?

Swimming! I used to race competitively as a teenager and had some good results. It’s a tough sport, and I commend anyone that has the mental aptitude to take it on.

What’s something interesting about your family history? 

My dad was a solider in the Royal Engineers (British Army), completing tours in Northern Ireland, Germany, Falklands and Cyprus. He actually survived a bombing on the LSL Sir Galahad – 48 men died on that ship. Nowadays he’s enjoying his retirement…peacefully!

Snow, sand, or other?

Other – Forest. I hike occasionally and love being in the trees with the sunlight filtering through, and the smell of moss and moisture in the cool breeze. Stopping to watch the birds dart around and hearing their songs is the best medicine.