Onwards and Upwards
Trip Start Jun 04, 2009
79Trip End Sep 06, 2010
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On our first day off work together since the ski mountain shut we couldn’t keep our feet on the ground for long. We decided to climb the mountain behind our house, as it has been so kind to allow us to live on its foothills
As we were hiking through Lord of the Rings scenery I had expected the occasional reference to the films, maybe some Golum impressions or discussing our burdens making the trek up Mount Doom. Instead I got Steve throwing sticks (arrows) at me and calling me an Orc – the things I have to put up with! On top of this hardship I had to adjust my hiking style from when we were in Canada. When we were over there we were always advised to sing while hiking so the bears would know we were coming and not be startled. Apparently this is not the norm over here and considered rather strange! As it happens though if I’m not singing while hiking I tend to be complaining so I think Steve needs to make an educated decision about what really is worse
The detoured route we were on took us up over a ridge with great 360 degree views to take our minds off the aching in our legs. At this point we thought we could see the peak we were climbing too which happily looked less daunting as it was in the shadow of a looming snow covered rocky peak next to it. Steve said we had to come back again to climb the big one another day which I nodded along with knowing full well I’d be ‘busy’ whenever that day might be. However the closer we got to the two peaks I got that uneasy feeling, that was later confirmed by a signpost, that in fact we had mistaken the peak we were heading for and in fact we would be taking on the big one there and then!
Fueled by crispy cakes and tramping through a fair few snow drifts we finally made our way to the top, which in true cliché style was worth every step. The photos speak for themselves, it was stunning! Hopefully many more views like this to come in New Zealand but this one will always be special as the views were of where we live which made it not such an ordeal to make the steady trek down again to become part of the scenery. Like walking into a painting.
I’ve thrown in some more photos of our day to day comings and goings as well for your viewing pleasure including some of the infamous t-shirts that a few of you have expressed interest in
My Dad will be guest staring in my next entry (woo hoo) and we’re also really excited that Steve’s Dad has jumped on the last-minute-flight-band-wagon and will be winging his way out for a visit at the end of November – anyone else for the prime spot on the inflatable mattress?!?!
Lots of Love
Amy and Snow-capped Steve