Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I feel so small in a place so grand
The started on the west coast in Hokitika and ended on the east coast in Hunmer Springs. The trip across the southern alps takes about 4 hours from one side of the country to the other. It took us basically 9am to 6pm. We had a few stops along the way. Our first stop was what is called the Devil's Curve. Second, we crossed into Arthur's Pass and finally the best, Castle Hills. I believe it's where a Narnia movie was filmed. It was spectacular. It was so huge and grand that I felt so small. The hills we filled with the enormous boulders that looked down onto a valley and a sheep farm. The weather couldn't have been nicer. We ate our packed lunches and then explored the area. Finally, Sebastian, Ulla's fiance, demonstrated how to boulder climb. He is an instructor in Germany. He also leads trips all over the world to climb. Then is was back on the bus and over the mountain and into the clouds. It seemed like a different day and a different season in 15 minutes. The rest of the trip was long as I've been bitten by many sand flies and I think a flea or two at the last stop. But we finally made it and finished the day at a wonderful Thai restaurant.