Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Picton Airport

...is a shed. We weighed our bags, weighed ourselves and then got sent to another airport (a much bigger shed) to get on a very small plane where you don't get inflight services but the action Ken pilots take your luggage and put it on board for you - and you can see the cockpit (especially as their wasn't anything separating it from the passengers)

Very cool!

Monday, November 29, 2004

NZ from the skies Posted by Hello

The noises you make...

We got up at a silly o'clock (that's 5am in this case) for this adventure...

A swim with wild dusky dolphins in the middle of the sea!

Complete with supertight wetsuits, flippers and a snorkel, we got into the freezing cold sea. You do, however, manage to forget it's effing cold because all you see around you are dolphins! And what were we told to do to attract their attention?? Make noises and swim in circles to entertain them. All 20 of us complied. The funniest thing? Sticking your head out of the sea and listening to the shrieks, songs and the strangest noises I've ever heard come out of a human mouth. Me? I preferred shouting 'EEEEK, EEEK, EEEEEK'. I'm certain I was communicating with them! I'd swim in circles, Eeek my head off and be amazed to have 3 dolphins swimming around me.

I did puke on the boat after but it was worth it!

Love dolphins!!

Friday, November 26, 2004

Missy G, Matt, me, Special K and Tommie @ Milford Sound, NZ Posted by Hello

Special K, Perrie, Matt, Missy G, Tommie and me @ Milford Sound NZ Posted by Hello

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Achey breaky legs and my pick axe

Mission: Full day hike up the Franz Josef glacier.

There was ice, snow, ice and more ice (and I didn't even have time to make a snowman). We hiked up steps freshly made from our guide (my guide was called Russell and he had a big pick axe), crawled through tight crevasses, posed in an ice cave with our much smaller pick axe, learned to do the Franz shuffle, walked across big crevasses with the aid of a ladder, a plank of wood and a bit of rope. God, we were hard core!

We also froze our fingers and toes, I broke my talonz, slipped a couple of times and my legs ached for two days.

But goddamn, it was fun ;o)

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Some ice Posted by Hello

Check me out - ice explorer extraordinaire!! Posted by Hello

me, a pick axe and an ice cave - don't I look fierce? Ok, then, maybe not. Posted by Hello

Ice Crevasse. Pic is actually sideways - still trying to figure our hot to change it... This is one we had to walk through. Posted by Hello

Missy G enjoying a drink before more drinks, Lake Wanaka, NZ Posted by Hello

View from the plane before the big jump. That's Mount Cook behind the clouds. Posted by Hello

Monday, November 22, 2004

My foot, thousands and thousansds of feet high. Yep, I still like red up there. Posted by Hello

Our faithful little plane Posted by Hello

Open or closed?

When you're free falling after a jump out of a plane, is it better to have your mouth open or closed? Just one of the things that went through my mind during the 45 second freefall. Decided on closed to save the crazy guerning (is that the right word?) going on with my lips - but only between shouts of WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!

It's a great feeling falling through the sky, wobbly lips, amazing views, freezing your face through clouds (you can't sit on them like Mary Poppins)and the gentle drop down once the parachute goes up so you can appreciate the world below you.

Loved it!!

View from the sky dive - after the freefall Posted by Hello

Lars, Special K, Lisa, me and Carly by the lake. Posted by Hello

Lars, Lisa, Vic and Carly @ the Castle, Lake Mahinapua, NZ Posted by Hello

boys in drag Posted by Hello

Les and me @ the Poo Pub, Lake Mahinapua, NZ Posted by Hello

Sunday, November 21, 2004

The Poo Pub

Les is 79 and the Kiwi Exp's very own Gandalf. Every night the kiwi bus will come through to his place to stay for the night. At the Poo, Les and the driver (our driver's name being K9)cook everyone a big meal and then host a fancy dress party. Our theme - girls in bin bags (you had to be creative) and boys in drag (and, no, girls really don't spend all their time touching their boobs. Yep, boys being girls will never stop being funny!)

Lisa, me, Missy G, Vic, Lars and Special K @ Lake Mahinapua...star gazing (or was trying to) Posted by Hello