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Monday, November 12, 2007

how to describe the South Island, and in particular, Central Otago? um.. *jaw gaping open* words kind of don't suffice in this situation. at this exact moment, Aaron and I are leaving Wanaka and driving south towards Queenstown. what are we passing? hills on one part of the right side.. mountains just beyond that. taller, snow-capped mountain peaks just past those. and then on my side - the left side.. confused yet? - a valley with trees peppering the grass, and then another set of small, rolling hills with larger, green mountains behind them. green. it's all green right now. but this is the south island, and for some reason, you take a turn around one corner or another, and the green hills suddenly become yellow, and barren of any vegetation you've ever seen. this place is wild. I took 115 pictures yesterday JUST on the drive from Christchurch into Wanaka. and then another 20 this morning when we took a short drive out towards Mount Aspiring.
I think all I'm going to write about for the next month, or however long I'm in the south, is just how overwhelming this scenery is. ... and we haven't even hit Fiordland yet. apparently we'll be in that area by the time our drive is over today. I kind of can't believe that, even if the map says that same thing.

so. remember what seems like 'way back when' and I said that I was really expecting there to be more sheep around? yeah, well, that's because I had yet to make it down here. um.. sheep kind of rule the land, and roads.. and pretty much anywhere else they feel like wandering. they're super cute, I'll give them that. I still have yet to really befriend any 'wild' sheep. they kind of run anytime they even sense you being near them. oh well. maybe sheep and I weren't meant to be friends.

it's also come to my attention, mostly because I left Nelson of the 7th of November, that my 25th birthday is pretty quickly approaching. who evens knows where I'll be when that happens? all of the main celebrations that I have or will have been over here for are pretty unconsequential. only New Years is shaping up to be the holiday it otherwise *would* be at home. but that's because I'll have Ian and Mom here, and honestly, I don't really even care what we make of the night, it'll just be sooooooooooo amazing to have them here. so uh.. Mom, not that I'm at all counting, but - A MONTH AND 16 DAYS!! haha, mark that down.

*photo break*


almost in Queenstown now, and we just stoppped at another viewpoint. I'm doing my best to not look directly out my window right now because, lucky me, I'm on the outside edge of the road, and we've got QUITE a ways down to the ground from here. whew! the rest of the views make up for the vertigo, though haha
mountains. everywhere. we're surrounded on all sides right now by the mountains (and sheep). the Remarkables are one of the ranges, but I'm not sure yet which one they are. ok, I figure I should go and concentrate on taking all of this in right now cause who knows when I'll ever get to experience this view again.
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markergirl
markergirl on

memories
reminds me of two things... both have to do with mountains... the first was the trip to Alberta and how we ohh'ed and ahh'ed every time we got to the top of a rise and saw another mountain pop in to view... the second, well you have to remember the trek to Yosemite when we got on the road where we couldn't change our minds and the park ranger told me 'you're in the mountain, lady'...
Enjoy!

kawaiguy
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Like the title of this one
Wicked shots, wish I could visit Fiourland! Remember that 'spot', kk? We're going back there sometime.

kawaiguy
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Whoa
i just realized just how far you drove down south!
those pictures just keep getting better....

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