Friday, May 15, 2015
What a day today was. We had gone to sleep to rain pouring on the camper and woke to sunshine and beautiful snow covered mountains all around us. We decided to make a picnic and go try to hike to Rob Roy Glacier. The drive there was amazing enough. We even got to see some sheep dogs at work again. We arrived at the car park and it was freezing. The orginal plan was to walk 15 minutes to first swing bridge and then let Ben and another adult go on up. But kids were challenging each other and they all made it to the first look out about 2.7 miles. It was an amazing hike almost surreal. Once we got out of the wind now and it was easy hiking through a forest along a beautiful rushing river. Then it started to snow. It wasn’t a lot but so strange to be a green forest and have snow falling. I felt like I had fallen into Narnia. At this lookout the kids and moms turned around. Ben and Graeme kept going while we headed down. By now poor Mari was freezing as she was sitting still. She finally fell asleep and we stopped to give kids a cookie when the guys caught up with us. They had brought a huge snow ball for the kids to eat. In the excitement we accidentally knocked Mari over in her back pack. She now was cold and had a BIG bump on her head. She decided she had had enough. She cried the entire way back to the car. Once in the car she was warm again and stopped crying immediately.
At the beginning of the hike..the littlest hiker getting a ride.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Day 9 We woke up at the same DoC campground in Queenstown. But as usual we woke up to a RV with a dead battery for the camper side. This had been happening every morning. It would recharge while we drove for the day. We called the agency and they suggested getting it checked out that morning. We did and they replaced it. This worked out well for us down the road. NZ lets you do something call freedom camping. Basically if you can find a spot off the road and have a self contained camper you can camp there. We did this twice and it was nice to know we wouldn't run out of electricity or heat!!!
The kiddos ready for another great day.