Blog posts have been a bit scant round here for the last couple of weeks, but for very good reason. I’ve spent two weeks down in the South Island, enjoying the sun, hanging with family and clocking up thousands of kilometres in friend’s cars. Here’s a (very brief) run down of what we got up to….
On Good Friday we got along to the practice day for Warbirds Over Wanaka. I’ve always loved planes, and so was buzzing to get along to this. It didn’t fail to deliver, and despite the sore neck from constantly looking skyward, I left as one satisfied customer. The weather really came to the party, and sunglasses were essential. Earplugs were a debatable accessory, as I felt happy to sacrifice a bit of my hearing to fully embrace the bone-shuddering, chest-resonating power of such awesome machines.
Following the warbirds we headed over to Oamaru to Paula’s cousin’s wedding, which was a special time hanging with family. And then we couldn’t help ourselves but head back into Central Otago to embrace the sights, while enjoying good yarns as we roadtripped around this beautiful corner of the country.
The plan was to do a four-day tramp in Mt Aspiring National Park, but with dodgy weather forecast the good people at DOC suggested avoiding it. Instead we opted for a day walk, and then seized a break in the weather to do the climb to Mueller Hut, a three hour grunt straight up the hill (read: raging mountain) from Mt Cook Village. The effort was rewarded, though, with magnificent views on the way up, and then a spectacular sunset and sunrise overlooking Mt Sefton and, of course, Mt Cook. A highlight was standing outside in the dark and hearing the thunder of avalanches echoing across the valley from the slopes of Mt Sefton.
After battling our way down the next day in gale force winds, we opted to head back to Christchurch to catch up with my brother and rest up a bit. We did the drive out to Akaroa, caught up with friends, walked in the port hills and spent way too much on coffee. All in all, good times.
After a few days in Christchurch we went down to Dunedin and hung out with Paula’s folks for a bit. A couple of highlights here were getting to play with my new niece and finally going inside the new stadium to watch the Highlanders v Blues game. Having spent so many lunch dates with Paula sitting watching the construction going on, I was just as interested in checking out the building as the game.
A couple of days later we did the early flight back to Auckland on Sunday, caught up with a few friends, and braced ourselves for work on Monday. It was a fun-filled and reinvigorating time away, but I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things here.