|(Yes we look silly but we could not resist taking a pic|
in this chair carved right out of a tree. This bad boy is
just sitting right on a trail. Not only is it quite a nice
rest option, but it also provides entertainment!)
For just over a month and a few days now, Miriam (Sarah's sister) and Gordon (her most handsome man friend) have been living in Queenstown, NZ and we have been unable to go see them! It has been quite unusual to have family living here in the same country (and only two hours away) and combining that knowledge with the fact that we have yet to see them - strange indeed!
Well no longer! Sarah had four days off from work so we packed up some gear and headed up to see our beloved Miriam and Gordon (and it was about time too). And they have done a great job at settling into the community there, making friends, getting jobs, and investigating much of the mountain trails this area has to offer. No sooner than we had arrived, we threw on our walking attire and headed up a mountain Miriam had chosen for our first hike together. So much fun!
It is an absolute pleasure to see people you love and like, but to also do things that you love with those same people is a true blessing. Our days with Miriam and Gordon were spent traversing amazing trails in the beautiful mountains surrounding
|(For our first hike Miriam and Gordon took it easy on us but it still|
pretty much kicked our butts - literally. We were pretty sore from the
hike. But how can you complain with views like this?)
Such a fun four days! As usual we will show most of our adventure in photos because they speak so loudly. I will add some captions to each photo to explain where we were and what we were doing, as most of them have stories worth an entire blog post... but seriously who is going to read them! Ha. And this is very few of the photos taken. We hope you enjoy looking through them even 1/4 as much as we enjoyed taking them. If you click on one of the photos it should enlarge the shot and then allow you to scroll through one at a time if you should so desire. Happy day from NZ everyone!!
|(It is staying light now until around about 10pm in NZ. In Qtown this offers some amazing views as the sun starts heading behind some mountains. Sarah was taking some great shots of the landscape this weekend and this is one of them)|
|(We visited Cromwell while seeking out various wineries. It was a pretty little town with a fantastic pizzeria where we ate lunch. And then there is Old Cromwell which has been maintained to look like it did when first settled - pretty cool. This shot is taken on the water down by Old Cromwell. I love shots like this of Sarah and me. I still have no idea how a clown like me is holding a princess like her, but I'm not letting go!)|
|(Old Cromwell at a shot - the horse is not real. It really was pretty neat seeing this place as it might have looked back in the day. Sarah and I might just have to come back and give Old Cromwell one more looking over when we have time.)|
|(Ok, now this guy is talented. Gordon met him while working outside of his place of employment, which is actually not too far from this exact spot. Graeme James (you can click on his name for his FB page) will play an entire song we all know and love by himself. He begins by playing one instrument into a looping machine, then the next, and so on until he plays them all back together. With perfect timing, amazing dexterity, and mad skills he plays some pretty fantastic music. We stayed and listened to him until 2 in the morning one night - that's how good he is!)|
|(Taken right after the shot above, the water in this area is just so beautiful. Clean, clear, rippling over the mountains... awesome. Also, still working on my camera but I think this one came out well.)|