We spent our final week away from work in Wanaka- the sleepier adventure town about an hour from Queenstown (the "adrenaline capital of the world"). We spent about an hour in Queenstown- Wanaka is reminiscient of a sleepy Colorado mtn town (Crested Butte comes to mind): mtns everywhere you look, lots of outdoor activities, wonderful weather, and chickens. The rivers and lakes were cold, but impossible to stay out of for swimming.
We stayed at a house that had chickens- they laid us lots of eggs, and Ella loved them, even when they pecked her.
|family hike along the hawea river|
|we found free babysitters- aside from a little pecking it worked great!|
|kite festival- Ella loved it!|
|Gillian's kite festival|
We each took a day for adventure-
Erin went canyoning (canyoneering) on an amazingly beautiful and challenging route- lots of rappeling, abseiling, cliff jumping...she is a bad ass. They hiked/climbed up, then donned wetsuits and braved the waterfalls, water chutes, etc. The pictures are unbelievable.
|the climb up- Erin smiling!|
|going down the chute- Erin in the back.|
|abseiling through waterfall- can see the rope and her helmet|
|"Yes, I just came down that- I know,I rock."|
|all this happened between the trees and the sheep....|
I went on a bruising solo mtn bike ride (the guy at the bike store is probably still laughing for telling me to ride what amounted to about 3,000 ft elevation gain, 18 miles, a gigantic bull, but was rewarded by no people and majestic views.
suffice to say I pushed the bike up a lot, and the bike guy and I disagree on the definition of "undulating".
|the ridgeline of the mtn bike ride|
|looking to the southern alps|
|very large bull- those are trees in the foreground|
|Ella said, " I will bring all these home". Tough lessons of museums.|
|big "dumper" wheel|
|James Dean has nothin on this rebel....|