The Secret of the Glow Worms

Trip Start Dec 29, 2006
Trip End Jan 18, 2007

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Thursday, January 4, 2007

After the conference in the morning and picking up the car Mom and I set out to Waitomo to Black Water Rafting in the caves. It was great but they wouldn't let me bring my camera with - one of the guides had one but took generic pictures. It was great fun and I DIDN'T KILL MOM!!! She did great, we had wonderful guides who were very funny. We got a long lecture on not peeing in our wet suits...the water is very cold. They kept asking Mom if she was okay...We know it was their job to check, but she did great. it was a lot faster than I thought it would be when it was all said and done.  (Anyone up for returning and doing the more complicated version, let me know.)
The super secret of the glow worms...oops out of time to be continued as soon as I can get back to a computer...okay, so as is posted in the nature center: "Glow worms are the larvae of a fungus gnat and can produce light to attract other insects for food. The blue/green glow of the larvae is made by light organs in the tail. The light is made by conversion of an organic compound Luciferin by an enzymatic protein called Luciferase." The real scoop (from locals) is that glow worms are maggots of a fly that only lives for like 4 or 5 days because when it becomes a fly it has no mouth, and what is actually glowing...their poop! They are still cool to see and are usually way up high in the caves and they don't drop anything on you so they are still cool to check out...
We stayed in Waitomo Caves Hotel which I am sure in it's heyday was a magnificent hotel - however it's heyday was somewhere between the 1920's and 1950's it was liking walking into a time warp!!! Even the music....
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mcreedon on

Yippie, Mom lives! Good job sister, have fun on the ferry. Miss you guys.

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