09 February 2006

Hi again from NZ. The day started out sunny and I had high aspirations to do a little beach combing. But now it's rainging again, so we'll see what happens.

Dad, to answer your question, the All Blacks are the New Zealand rugby team. NZ is crazy about their rugby. And no, I don't believe that is a gas cap on his face!

Brian and I are hoping to go for a day hike tomorrow. We have to be careful about what area we chose because this weekend is the coast to coast race. Basically a bunch of crazy Kiwis run, bike and kayak 243 km across the width of the South Island. Nuts I tell you. Remember the guy I mentioned who ran 12k back to his car after tramping for 2 days? He's done the coast to coast.

We've been slowly setting up our plans for what to do for the rest of our time here. Next weekend we plan to hike to Mueller Hut in Mt. Cook National Park. It's apparently 5k straight up hill with an amazing view at the top.

After Brian finishes his optho rotation Jan 24 we're going to be joined by one of his classmates from the US, Andrew, and we're going to do the Kepler Track. That one'll take us 4 days. There will be plenty more tramping beyond that, but that's as far as we've planned.

Hope all is well with everyone in the US!!


Anonymous Vicky Jenkins said...

I have so enjoyed your journey ,the pictures and the anguage. we miss you. Ithink the lady that gave you the cap is actually the one who stole it (a bucket full of gas caps)?

09 February, 2006 15:28  
Anonymous -- said...

Dear Brian and Kate,
I am enjoying your trip immensely, especially since I didn't have to crawl over the scary swinging bridge. Great pictures too.

Margaret (Quinn & Jerry Bunce)

09 February, 2006 18:30  
Anonymous Padre said...

I just looked at the trail and climb maps for the Kepler Track (or Trek?)-glad that it's the two of you/Andrew and not me on that first uphill day! The swinging bridge near the end looks like it will make the one you already encountered look easy.

All is well here. Arwen keeps looking for Tito (just to play together for a while) but so far, no sight of the gray blur. We hear that he's sticking close to home in Clintonville.

Love, Mom and Dad

10 February, 2006 04:06  

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