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Sun
30
Mar '08

Final few hours in New Zealand

I’m sitting in the tiny Queenstown airport, on a pay computer, waiting for them to start the security screening for my flight to Auckland. I don’t think the flight to Auckland is full and I managed to get a window seat near the front of the plane so I can take yet more pictures. Unfortunately, […]

Fri
28
Mar '08

I like jumping into vast emptiness

Or something like that. I hate walking down things with a slope unless they’re covered in concrete, for example a steep trail or a GLACIER, but I have no problem jumping off of solid places into nothingness. What’s up with that? Belinda and I did the Canyon Swing yesterday and I LOVED IT! Of course, […]

Tue
25
Mar '08

I have absolutely no idea what day today is

I feel like a week has passed since I last posted and I think it’s only been a few days. We spent one night in Wanaka (which was stunning, thanks Charlie!), a small town on a lake ringed by mountains. Bel wants to move there and actually had a dream that she did just that. […]

Sun
23
Mar '08

Ice Hiking SUCKS!

Bel and I were up and at ‘em early, heading over to the Fox Glacier for our much anticipated heli-hike. We were so fortunate, yesterday it rained off and on all day and all the heli-hikes were cancelled. This morning it is blue skies and sunshine. In retrospect I may have preferred rain. The helicopter […]

Fri
21
Mar '08

I don’t have a big enough vocabulary to describe how beautiful it is here!

Yesterday Alan and I did an amazing, long hike in Abel Tasman. It was really wonderful until my boots became completely mud and waterlogged. The incredible beaches made up for it and I’ll post pix when I get home. Today we got up at 6:30 and started driving to Christchurch at 7:30. Arrived at the […]

Tue
18
Mar '08

Last night in the North Island

Tomorrow morning Alan and I are getting up nice and early (5:30 am) to catch the Ferry to the South Island. Before that though we’re going over to Miramar (a part of Wellington) to find WETA so I can have a geeky photo of myself in front of the home of Lord of the Rings. […]

Sat
15
Mar '08

Holy crap, do my feet hurt!

As if jumping out of a plane wasn’t enough, today I did a 17 (18?) km hike over a flipping volcano. The Tongariro Crossing to be specific. Had to do it, it goes right by Mt. Doom and you know how I am about this whole Lord of the Rings thing. Alarm goes off at […]

Fri
14
Mar '08

Do you think I could pack anything more into a day?

Left Rotorua this morning at 9:00 and by 10:00 we were waiting for the Lady Knox geyser to erupt after which we walked all around Wai-O-Tapu, a “thermal wonderland.” It was pretty impressive, all these pools of bubbling water in crazy colors – one was fluorescent green! – and mud blopping up out of holes. […]

Thu
13
Mar '08

Hello from Rotorua!

I can’t believe I’ve been in NZ less than 48 hours. I feel like I’ve done a lot more things than should fit in two days but that seems to be my normal travel mode of operation. Since I last wrote I hopped on the Magic Bus (which is an exceptional way to travel – […]

Wed
12
Mar '08

I am sitting in Auckland NZ!

Flight over was GREAT. I had two empty seats next to me so I stretched out and slept most of the way. Watched Juno to start, slept, then watched Rendition but got cut off 1/2 hour before it ended – don’t tell me what happened! Only trauma was my Nalgene bottle. I didn’t screw the […]