Page 2 of Procrastinatingblogger Travel Blog Posts

Hello all, this update comes after a couple of unforgettable days at the Mount Cook National Park. Despite the many photos and detailed accounts of friends who have traveled to New Zealand before, I am always amazed by how stunning the landscape continues to be. Words do little justice to this place, so be sure to be checking out Chad and Nick's blog for pictures (links on my page). Mount Cook is the largest mountain in a stretch of towering giants that weave into a deep valley; truly all roads stop there. This region has such beauty that I have difficulty imagining what can possibly top this place in the next months. We had a long, steep, uphill climb to reach the Mueller Hut through freezing rain and 90 km/h wind gusts; cold as hell. Once ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch January 4th 2011

Our first introduction into back country hiking (called tramping here) was quite the experience and a different beast all together then back home. We started right away with wading through a waist high river, setting the tone for the rest of the track (trail). Day one was a beautiful walk up a valley to the edge of a pass we would cross the next morning, little did we know that was the easy part of the trip. We had been told that day two was a route, meaning no defined trail to follow, but didn't realize how tough it would be. Basically, we knew we had to follow the river, but had to just bash our way through the woods and terrain to make that happen. This process turned into a exhausting 13 hour day to ... read more

North America » United States » Utah December 30th 2010

So, there I was, driving a rental car I was not insured on through the perilous roads of Utah; for any of you familiar with my colorful history in that state, this event shouldn't be surprising. The time was 3:30am, and my first stint driving in an effort to keep everybody awake behind the wheel (a good idea). This is really where our adventure began as it was the first moment were we all nearly died. I was adhering strictly to the posted speed limit of 75 MPH, when I rounded a corner on the highway and was greeted by a herd of eight or so giant freaking elk in the damn road. Most of these stupid creatures were in my lane, thus causing me to break hard and swerve around them. As it turns out, ... read more

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