Erin and Kris the walk around Sylvan Lake -- located about 1 hour north of Queenstown
snow, it's frost
Each night of frost, another layer is added -- these shapes are purely frost, NOT snow
Then there were the friends who came for a visit
While recovering from a
injury in OZ, RTW bikers/good friends Anke & Jan decided to come for a visit -- of
their 4 week tour of NZ, they were with us for about 8 days!
Fellow RTW biker Liam
from Belfast had to leave OZ to renew his visa, so decided to come to NZ for a 5 day visit
-- we had a great reunion in Christchurch at Tom & Kirstin's place -- the 5 of us were
kind of a team in SE Asia!
out our friendship tour were our close friends Bill and Lillian from NYC. They are
living in Hong Kong for 2 years. Bill had some business in Auckland and managed to
sneak away for a bit while also cashing in a bunch of air points for Lil to come direct
from HK to Queenstown -- Good on ya, Mate!
Let's not forget the skiing
Look ma, I'm still standing!
Gidget off from work and FINALLY out on the slopes!
|Mad-Dog (not his real name) Kent: His job
was to drive a bus up the mountain, ski (free) from 10-2, then drive the bus back to town
-- ya gotta feel bad for the guy!
And the International Rugby
Through the referee society, we scored some tickets to the sold-out Tri-Nations/Bledisloe Cup match between NZ and Australia at the 'House of Pain' in Dunedin .
|The National Anthem is half
in Maori, and half in English
The famous Haka = War Chant
Tom & Kirstin trying
to fit in with everyone else!
|One of the few lineouts we
won in Carisbrook
|Just a normal couple of
|The Men in Black
Then of course, there's the requisite Bungy Jump -- we chose the 102 meter Pipeline Bungy off a bridge in scenic Skipper's Canyon....
What the heck are we
guys are crazy -- why are you jumping off a perfectly good bridge?"
Al, are we using the correct rope?"
"See that bird way
out there -- Bet you can't reach it"
Look, up in the sky; it's
a bird, it's a plane, it's superErin!
You lost the good strap long enough to get around my thick boots -- that's OK, just use the old worn one from last year!
Guys, is it too late to change my mind?
8 seconds later:
And let's not forget the going away party/fiesta!
Can you tell it was a Latin/Spanish Theme...
Vanessa, Shaz, and Deike -- Shaz thought she would be clever and stretch the Latin theme
to wearing a toga -- Is she wearing underwear?
Spanish tutor, was impressed with these macho men -- the long mustaches, Kevin's
weapons, and especially Ashley's hand-made necklace!
some Tequila....um, what's a body shot?
|Stu's wearing a possum tail
the girls taped to his head, and Dave is in his favorite soccer jersey -- Team Argentina!
|Andrew doesn't care what people think, he's going to dance to Barry Manilow if he wants to!
This is Cello -- probably the coolest cat in the world. We'll miss him, but know he'll look after Sharlene while we're away.