A comment which we receive quite often from New Zealanders is that they believe that especially Kiwis should do this tour. 'There is so much to learn about our own history'. From our point of view, I see that diving a little bit into this historic area opens up a new understanding about how it must have been for the early settlers. This challenging area in Skippers Canyon truly forced every single man and woman to come up with their best attitude towards survival. This was certainly no place for easy-going people who shy away from work and absolutely no good place for people who thought everything will be presented on a plate to them.
I believe knowing more about the history of Skippers Canyon can explain a bit more about the can-do attitude Kiwis seem to have:
- They look how the neighbor is doing things and then it is copied - not a bad idea as such, if you ask me.
- Collaborate with each other but only to a certain point - projects like goldmining can only be handled in a team. Gains like Gold are most certainly not shared though.
- Have fun with your family and friends when ever you can - I believe fun was scarce in historic Skippers but they managed to organize games and community get-aways to relax a bit.
- Be independent as much as possible