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Published: April 25th 2008
Throughly enjoying Christchurch, we decided to get some fresh mountain air and headed out. Although to our prairie eyes mountains are everywhere, locally they are merely hills and the mountains are . . the really big hills. On the map Kirby spotted an "x" named Mt. Armstrong, so with no particular place to go . . . we went toward Arthur's Pass to see if we could take a peek at the peak. Upon entering the pass, we came across fog and decided to spend the night in a rest stop taking pictures and listening to "Solid Rock", a classic rock station, which was heaps of fun as the commercials split our sides.
The next morning the fog still lingered as we ventured further into the mountain range and once again found remarkable eye candy. Instead of gazing at a particular range of beauty and commenting on it specifically , we have learnt to over-generalize saying, "this whole country is beautiful!" It helps us not to pollute the air with chatter and gives us more time to focus on the aura the landscape emits.
After finding Arthur' Pass' i-site (information center) we located precisely where Mt. Armstrong was. Although
it looked close on our map, it was a suggested five trek into the mountainous terrain. Being softly weathered by Tui and unemployment, (not being of recent physical activity), we opted to not test ourselves rigorously and instead go to a lookout. Although we saw "IT" . . . we think . . . It was not in view at the the lookout's vantage point. Completely dwarfed by another range infront of it (story of my life). However took some neat photos of other things and stuff and spent the night in the region. It was neat to learn there was a eight kilometer train tunnel going under the pass. Again, heard and saw the trains but did not hitch a ride.
The next morning we awoke with a chill and a quiver as we saw for the first time since December 4, 2007. . . FROST! It is a amazing how a tin van is not that insulted against Ol' Jack Frost. Kirby did however find an exercise wheel to get his blood flowing.
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