A Summer Journey

After  MIL  had a little visit to the ED department during the week, we decided that our long weekend plans would have  to change. We were figuring on doing this trip: Molesworth Station.  However we would have been out of contact for about three days in total, so we decided to settle for a trip to the city.

 This had the added advantage that we could now make it to a friend’s birthday!!!  To start at the end, our caching friends The Grady Bunch moved to a really, really, REALLY  remote part of New Zealand  (and you though the West Coast was the boonies!!!)  about 18 months ago.   They came back to the mainland, as you do, to see the friends and rellies for Christmas, and it also happened  to be a great excuse for a birthday party for Grady mum.  

And to start at the start.

We got away late after doing a few messages including visiting PB’s mom.

 This is our usual farewell from PB’s Mum –Diva doesn’t know whether we’ll be gone for five minutes or five days, so always the sorrowful face.

Diva Dog

We got a little way on our journey then came to a grinding halt. It turned out that the roading contractors had knocked out a power line that was then hanging across the road!

No Progress!

The rata is in bloom so the hills were covered in red splashes.

Rata in Flower

We stopped at the Waterfall lookout.

Rock Fall shelter and Waterfall

And the Viaduct lookout.

Otira Viaduct

Past the Arthur Dobson memorial.

Arthur's Memorial at Arthurs Pass

A wee stop at Arthurs Pass.

Arthurs Pass Post Office

A chance to snap a shot of the keas.

"Nope, I don't want feed.Not me. Not at all. I'm just admiring that sandwich you have."

Through the lupins and over the Waimakariri.

Lupins and View

The "Waimak"

A random stop for something or other.

Do other people's vehicles look like this ...... ?

Just a small detour for a cache.

Every day is a winding road....

Finally the birthday girl’s place  (her children decorated the trees!)

Decorated Tree

And the ceremonial blowing out of candles.

Birthday Girl

Then we drove off into the sunset.

Lighting Effects


6 responses to “A Summer Journey

  1. great shots! such beautiful scenery! are “messages” what we call errands? something to add to your glossary? 😉

  2. Super pics! And no, my car is full of empty powerade bottles

  3. Yes OUR vehicle dashboard looks like yours! I’ll ask Mark to take a picture and I’ll show you. We have a stuffed cow, two rubber turtles and a duck 🙂

  4. Yep – when I say ‘messages’ I generally mean a collection of random stuff like going to the post office, library, bank, getting a couple of things at the supermarket etc etc. Not real shopping!

  5. Hmmm …. we still have some work to do then on your geocaching induction!!! LOL This is a stage of geocaching that you will get to – when your vehicle is full of random swaps, containers, pencil stubs, pens that don’t work, note books ……

  6. Looking forward to seeing your pic!