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New Zealand

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

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I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death
that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me
and through me.
And when it has gone past
I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone
there will be nothing.
Only I will remain. -Frank Herbert

Since being in New Zealand this has been our philosophy, to live life to its max and push the limits. In the beginning it was Casey, her friend Dan from school and ME on the start of an amazing road trip. First stop Waitomo Caves where we did black water rafting and got to see glow worms. Black water rafting is rafting on intertubes in caves, very cool.

After Waitomo we headed to Tongario National park where we did the Tongario crossing, about an 8hr tramp which was pretty challenging and we got to cross over the base of Mt. Doom. We didn’t do the summit ’cause it wasn’t great weather and its really steep.

Third stop was Rotorua and did some relaxation at Hell’s Spa. Back to Auckland and dropped Dan off.

Went to the Bay of Islands which was amazing, did a sailing trip and saw so many dolphins. Then after a wonderful day one the water went back to Rotoura and did the FUN stuff. Did Zorbing, a swoop drop which is like a gaint swing that you get dropped from, and a free fall experience which is a machince that simulates a smillar effect to sky diving.

Stopped in Wellington and stayed with Glen, a sport enthusiast I met in Kakadu National park in Australia. Took the ferry from Wellington to Picton. Did a two day trek in the Abel Tasman national park. Headed to Franz Josef Glacier and did a glacier tramp- so very cool. Then to Wanaka: did Puzzling World which is a giant labrynth for adults and did the Rob Roy glacier walk. Bypassed Queenstown and headed to Milford Sound where we did Ocean kayaking and saw more dolophin got to paddle under a waterfall!!! AWESOME. Then to Queenstown for some extreme fun, went rafting yesterday morning with the most dense people you will ever meet, one guy believed that the rapids where graded based on if there where hippos or crocodiles…right. So with our wonderful paddling group the first rapid we hit we dumped 5 people, Casey got pulled in right away but I was swept away down the rapid- yes I did think I might drown. But lucky for me the guides are professionals and I was saved, but still a scary experience. I guess I hadn’t had enough adreniline pumping in my body so I went sky diving in the afternoon. So amazing, I would totally do it again! Queenstown is such a beautiful town and seeing it from the air was awesome.

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That’s about where the trip is at, we are going horse back riding tomorrow morning in the Misty Mountains… the adventure continues.