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Published: October 4th 2006
Sitting on a tree
The group taking a pit stop
Well, amazing at it may sound, I am actually free to spend way too many hours sitting in Mrs. O’s (a coffee shop on campus that has free internet, and my only access to internet) updating this crazy travel blog nonsense. So lets see, it has been what…10 weeks since I last told you all about the New Zealand scene… to be completely honest, this semester has been a little less…crazy… then the last. I moved out of dorms and into a flat on campus with 3 other people, older people, so our time is now spent cooking dinner, watching mindless TV (which I might add is the DEVIL) and doing homework. I have officially written more essays this semester then I have my entire academic career combined! Stupid me taking a philosophy class, a sociology class, a nature conservation class and a global environmental issues class, ALL which have required from me 2-3 papers EACH!! Now I am a science kid, I think like a scientist when I do school work, so this was a BIG change for me and un-fortunately it played into my lack of crazy trips and Thursday night hooligans. But never-the-less I did get to get
LOOK AT THAT WATER
it was so clear and so cold
out and do a few fun things (hehe) and plus I had Nathan always coming up with some very interesting suggestions on what to do on the weekends, so I tagged along with him while he got to experience things I have just become accustomed to. So given that the internet is INCREDABLY slow I think I am going to take my favorite pictures and give you funny recaps of what is going on in them, thus you all get to see my favorite pictures and get to see what I have been up to. Once again if you want to see more pictures Nathan doesn’t go to school, or do any school work, so he has PLENTY of time to sit in Mrs. O’s and update photos, so check his out for more pics, but I will most defiantly have better commentary because…well…I am more lyrical then Mr. Mumbling-physics-man (hehe).
All Black Vs. Kangaroos! So I got to go to my one and only All Blacks game, it was amazing. I think it was even better because we played our arch-rivals the Australian Kangaroos, and totally kicked their butts!!! Curt and I went and got tickets
I couldn't get a photo of them actually doing it, the Kangaroo's were in my way! So you get the jumbo screen
real early so we had great seats like 6 rows back from the field…I mean you could smell the sweat (eww yuck gross) but man rugby players are so nice to look at that close, and you know they played the game real well too (hehe cause you know that’s what I was watching for). The people around us were so funny, and SO drunk…I am starting to see a theme in New Zealand sports… but the guy with the kangaroo in a nose was pretty funny. I ‘surprised’ Nathan with tickets so that added to the fun, I say ‘surprised’ because Tom kinda blew it, but its all good, I still think he had a good time.
While you all were enjoying the NICE, WARM, start to SUMMER we were in the dead of winter, freezing, especially when you get up into the southern alps…why would anyone in the right mind decided to go camping/tramping through the Southern Alps during this time of the year you might ask…well I will tell you… because your name is Nathan and you want to do EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW!! Hehe. So we went to the west coast stopping though Arthur’s
pretty sweet right
Pass to do some day trips. It was sooooo purty, but it was soooooooo, cold and we all know how I love the cold and finished up at the Pancake rocks. The pancake rocks where pretty sweet, it’s a strange natural rock formation due to sediment build up and then the sea floor turning in on itself and moving up…due to the fact that NZ is being turned inside out as I type. Funny realization, everywhere I go has a HIGH risk of earthquakes… I’m just bound and determined to be in the middle of the next big one. We also did a day walk around the area, we decided to go check out this cave…yeah nice track except you had to cross the river like 3 times and it got real old…hence me trying to jump from rock to rock, funny sight indeed. And the trail was real muddy and slippery, but I made it all the way with out killing myself! Unlike the next trip
Lewis pass/Nina hut
The fallowing weekend we went on a trip with the Canterbury tramping club up to Nina Hut on the Lewis pass (more north of Arthur’s pass). It was a
Funny funny funny
pretty intense trail for me at least, I tripped over a log (well no more like I stepped over a log and got my ankle stuck in a hole and kept walking, twisting my ankle and whole leg)…yeah I’m a klutz what can I say. But Nathan stayed by my side the whole slow way up there…I felt real bad. But it was so purty, the whole area is coved with native mountain beech trees prop my second favorite tree here after the giant Kauri tree’s we saw in the North Island. AND there were all these crazy black mushrooms and real big liken everywhere covering everything, because it is a damp climate. So besides the killing my leg it was a great trip.
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