Starting Point: Queenstown
Ending Point: Queenstown
Kilometers traveled: 96
Today was a housekeeping day. We are spending tonight in Queenstown as well, but the weather wasn’t the greatest for what we wanted to do today. Loads of rain and high winds and overall gloominess just didn’t put us in a hiking mood. So instead, we took a quick drive out to Glenorchy, about 50 kilometers up Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown. Even in the gloom it was a beautiful drive, with the lake and the mountains looking all moody with the low clouds, rain, and fog. It reminded us of some of the driving we did in Scotland.
I decided today that New Zealand is stupid beautiful. And by that I mean so beautiful that it leaves you dumbstruck and at a loss about how to adequately describe it. So, instead, we post a few of our more favorite pictures and hope they can provide you with an inkling of how majestic & breathtaking the scenery here is.
It was also a perfect day for homemade soup. So we headed back to the campground and busted out the kitchen for a bit of home cooking. We eat almost all of our meals at home, either cooking in the big kitchens at the holiday parks or cooking in our own little makeshift kitchen. Today, we simmered soup on the campstove in our makeshift kitchen while we sat and read and the laundry dried on the line (during a break in the rain). It was a housekeeping sort of afternoon.
We spent the evening catching up on the phone with a bunch of family from the states, some of whom we hadn’t chatted with in far too long. Good to hear all your voices and see your smiling faces!
Then we ate our delicious soup with some leftover greek salad from last night’s dinner and are now all curled up listening to the rain on the roof. Time to drink our prime number beers and watch a movie. Did we tell you that, in order to keep within our budget, we only drink beer on days that are prime numbers (since beer is a bit pricey here in NZ)? Keeps us happy and on budget. 🙂
In the morning we’re headed to Fiordland. We’re on our way to Manapouri, gateway to Doubtful Sound. Bring on the Fiords!