Tower Junction Motor Lodge
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Today we received training for living/working on the Ice and our gear for the ice. Apparently its cold on the ice because we were given some serious cold weather gear. We were able to catch up on the college football scores in between meetings. The good news is we were done by lunch. So we went into the city to explore.
Apparently there has been bad weather on the ice for the last few ...
... out of the house by then as
everything will have been submitted to the council at the beginning of September.
So Jacki and Mary, there’s birthdays to celebrate too.
Sean is down in Christchurch for Labour weekend. It will be
great for him to catch up with everyone and see the wee men as they are both
due birthdays just before and just after the weekend. We will have to plan
something fun to do with them.
The bags are packed now ...
... the longest, because the views were too good to go back in!! We had a little 5 minute stop in Arthur's pass, which looked gorgeous, must go back in SUMMER to do some walks! After another couple of hours of absolutely breathtaking scenery, and we arrived in Greymouth. from Greymouth I caught the bus to Franz Joseph. When I arrived it was very misty and cold, so I dropped my bags and made my way out for dinner before heading to bed for a rest before a big day tomorrow... GLACIER ...
Some rain overnight meant a fairly gloomy start to the day. Breakfast consisted of us chewing our way through, cardboard muesli, week old bread, with month old butter covered in marmite off the plane! Yummy! We hadn't intended to stay in Oamaru but we stumbled upon a museum (thanks to Sandy), the likes of which I have never seen before. It took us an hour and a half to get out from this fantasy world created from ...
... restart their lives. The main problem is that after the 2011 quake huge aftershocks continued for nearly 2 years and the insurance companies started to split the claims into those caused by the initial quake and those caused by the aftershocks and basically have done everything in their power to just not pay out.
I was personally devastated to see the state of the city. Never in this world would I have believed that 4 years on the city would still look like it did. ...