Days 18, 19 & 20: Rest Days
how did I end up in Wanaka? I was supposed to go on the Milford Sound
trip, but the drive times we were being quoted just got longer and longer.
On a four-day break, I didn't want to drive for two days, especially
when all the driving has to be done during the day and very defensively.
So, the night before we left I had changed my mind. I figured I bounce
around the extended Franz Josef area and use public transportation. I
had packed my bag for a day hike to Robert's Point when I saw evidence
that the Wanaka group was just preparing to leave. "Easy ride to
Wanaka, four hours away. Then I'd work myself back." Kathy,
Derek, John and Pippa welcomed me and said I could stay the whole time.
I didn't want to barge in on their trip, even though most people
had grouped up based on interest in going to a locale. In any case, Derek
said if I stayed his total share of the living accommodations would be
less, so I should stay. That was all the convincing I needed. Fabulous
In any case, we belly-laughed
for four days. Thank goodness we split up during the day, usually Kathy
and Pippa on ski slopes, Derek and John in the beginning ski area and
I was off somewhere on foot.
I hiked up Mount Roy
one day. The birding was great. The third day I had planned to fly to
Milford Sound, but it was cloudy, so Pippa and I walked along the lake
for an hour or so.
Thanks to careful
driving by John and Pippa, we are back safely and have met the others
in Franz Josef. It is raining and raining and raining. My laundry, which
was standing on its own yesterday, is now on its way to being clean and
dry. We have today off, but what to do in the rain but type into a computer
or perhaps read a book?
Incredible four days
off many thanks to Derek, John, Kathy and Pippa for allowing me to join
their adventure! Couldn't have laughed more! (Even the wait-staff
at restaurants said they'd never seen a group that laughed so much
and seemed so happy. Good, clean fun!)
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