Trout, Penguins, Sheep

Trip Start Dec 04, 2006
Trip End Jun 17, 2007

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Jeannie here. One of the nice things about Sean is that he is never afraid of looking silly.  He was so excited about the trout statue in Gore he couldn't contain his trout impersonation.

Later the same evening, we headed to a lighthouse hike and a yellow-eyed penguin blind.  We saw a couple of penguins tottering up the beach and pruning.  They really do shake their tails and puff out their chests.

Sheep are everywhere in NZ, and yes we are mocked for photographing them.  I guess it would be like taking pictures of cornstalks in Ohio.  Some have been shorn, some are very round and woolly.  Sean saw three black sheep in the thousands across the country; I saw two dark brown sheep.  We say "Sheep" in high-pitched voices each time we spot them.  We ooh and ahh over the lambs.  We fulfill the stereotype.  They are awfully cute.

Sean here:  So, quick background on why I'm impersonating a trout, which I realize isn't that normal.  Years ago, I decided to surprise Jeannie by renting a cabin out in the Shenandoah.  She was thinking that I was going to propose to her on top of a mountain.  I was thinking we would go hiking and enjoy getting out of DC.  By day three, we went to the nearest local source of entertainment, which happened to be a trout farm (we were truly in the middle of nowhere).  I proceeded to put on an interpretive dance about trout (no electricity = boredom) and joke about changing my name from Sean Slingsby to Troutboy.  The next day, we both painted watercolors of trout.  In the end, we did end up engaged a few months later, I can cook trout like a champ, and we have some nice trout paintings.  That and she now demands that I put on an interpretive trout dance whenever she sees trout sculptures
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