Jun 01, 2007
Jun 15, 2007
Today it seems so apropos that we called our trip "South Pacific Adventure" on our t-shirts. The last few days have been quite the adventure for most of us. We have been told by our wonderful and able tour guide, Doug, that New Zealand is the Adventure capital of the world and we have done some crazy things. To begin our day yesterday we toured a Geo-thermal village. Roturua is a city built on 7 inactive volcanoes. Because of this there are areas where there steam pools and steam baths in the village. The people who live there use the steam to their advantage at every turn. They use it to cook, to bathe, for energy and many other things. It was fascinating. We also toured a jade factory, so I'm sure you will see some of their wares. In the afternoon we went up on a gondola ride and saw Lake Rotorua from the top of a hill. At the top we could go on luge rides back down the hill. To get back up we had to ride a ski lift. It was quite scary for Mrs. Wessling and I, but we did it. Some of the girls (Adena Barela, Katie Rourke, Ashley Staley, Anna Kellen, Clare Huerter, Claire Riley, Steph Gradoville, Anne Lavelle and Ms. Pepper) also did the huge ski swing. that flung them high into the air on the side of this large hill. It look terrifying to me. Later we went to the Agridome and saw every kind of sheep in a cute and hilarious animal variety show. I personally got to feed a bottle to a lamb. It made me miss my baby Jake. From here we were taken to an adventure park and a few people chose to bungee jump (Anne Lavelle and Steph Gradoville). Mr. Rosenthal, Hilary Hunt, Alison Thomas and Becca Trelford-Thompsen all did the Zorb, which was like a huge ball rolling down a hill. They were like mice in a wheel in their cage. It was thrilling to watch. I guess the thrill seeking was contagious because most of us went Black Water Rafting in a cave underground. I did this and can say it was the most adventurous thing I have ever done. I don't think I will ever do it again, but it was amazing and incredible. Today we head back to Auckland and then fly tomorrow to Sydney. Our guide Doug says thats when the adventure will really begin. We are having a blast and everyone is great. We have had no real problems and are seeing the beauty of God's creation at every turn. I am so happy everyone is here. I am thrilled especially that Rosie Laughlin got her passport in time. Thanks God for all your gifts!!!