I wrote this blog months ago but somehow saved to my drafts instead of publishing it!!!
The Christmas Holidays went off without a hitch. The obvious, but significant alteration to the season was the weather. It was rainy, unfortunately, but the hot, humid air brought seafood, the bbq grill, and cool salads to the table along with a laid back, lounging on the porch attitude.
Saturday after xmas, a couple of friends and I flew down to Queenstown for eight days of... well we asked for a bit of adventure and found more than we were really ready for.
|How do you dry a tent when it is raining?|
Hang it from the window, of course
Let this be said: the entire trip we maintain our humorour spirits, sharp mind, and perspective with reality and the greater joke we must have been playing in the universe. This is why we didn't really, seriously, consider throwing each other off the cliffface or sitting down in a hole to die.
|Te Anau Shore|
The second day ended up mostly "dry" and 20km of absolutely breath taking scenery, had I had the breath and energy to give. It was the last day of 2012 and I had literally given it my all by they time we had bused back to Queenstown. We did attempt to "go out," but ended up back in our cabin, oh so happily, before the fireworks were alight.
The first was perfect, as planned. A day of rest. Just three girls, laying in a small cabin, reading, playing cards, enjoy the finer things in life, like a roof and again dry feet.
Weather was just not in our favor, historically unaccountable for, the locals told us, so we canceled our next day of back packing, in turn for a hostel in Te Anau.
|Queenstown from Gondola|
Our final day of hiking was uneventful back to Te Anau and alas, we had hiked 75km.
Saturday the 5th we flew back to Auckland for a shower, shelter, non-dehydrated food, and a bed with sheets and everything! We did chose to walk the 9km to the airports, pack a-back; strangely you get attached to the troublesome thing. Before departing I did my duty to the home of it, and preformed a 43metre- swan-diving- ledge bungy jump of the the city.
Exhausted (understatement) as I was I spent the week potty training a toddler, and encouraging a infant to crawl (she started the day after my return!) while teething!
It has been a busy couple of weeks. I am not sure how I have made it, or how I will embrace my next year, and I still know it was an incomparable year, just as the next will be.