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Jan 5, 2008 - Hopai Sports Day
Still at Hopewell and went to the area sports day.. mostly to see a new part of the sounds but also heard about the gumboot toss which I thought I had a crack at placing in. After a few practice tosses a couple of days before the event, I thought I had mastered throwing the boot in a straight line and getting the right combination of height and distance. Unfortunately, at the moment of the toss, one of the locals decided to cheer me on and distract me and the boot, with great gusto, flew into the crowd on the sidelines. No one was hit on...Jump to full entry
Hopewell - it's not even on half the maps I see. Anyhoo, it's a three hour drive or 1 hour by water taxi away from Picton out in the Marlborough Sounds (Kenepuru Sound to be exact). Hot damn. Staying at the hostel for two weeks - going to be a room maid... maybe they'll give me a french maid outfit to wear for my working hours. Ain't that a scary thought? Gives me the shivers thinking about it. Mufasa.. www.hopewell.co.nz Anyhoo, they have kayaks, rods/reels and mountain bikes so you can all expect to hear from me at some point that I have...Jump to full entry
Nov 1, 2007 - road trip..
Alright, so I'm at a loss as to what to do first.. diving.. dolphin/seal/penguin/whale stuff/ kayaking.. too many choices. so i went on a road trip. went driving on a back country road - without a map no less - hoping against all odds that i'd see some whales or dolphins since it was a coastal road. instead, got a text message from hanlon - out in the bush no less.. and squatted for a quick pee at a very scenic lookout (white's bay). i know you all like to know these little tidbits of my life so there you have it. no cetaceans but a panoramic...Jump to full entry
Apr 27, 2007 - Picton, South Island, New Zealand
"Let's spend the night here" suggested Mom. "I would really like a good long soak in the hot springs." We had been driving most of the day through cloud-veiled mountain passes and past sheep -filled meadows, deer farms, and farm gate wineries. By late afternoon, we had reached Hanmer Springs, a hot springs resort town situated at the eastern base of the Southern Alps. Although the wilderness we had just driven through was spectacular, the thought of snacking at a café and then relaxing in a natural hot springs was very inviting! It didn't...Jump to full entry