Going out in style!

Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
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Trip End Oct 31, 2012


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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

We woke up again to another beautiful sunny day in Queenstown, sadly our last day. After eating most of our left over food for breakfast, we check out and hit the road heading back towards Wanaka. On the agenda this morning: bungy!!!! We drove to the Kawarau bridge, home of the original bungy jump and I got checked in and weighed. Gina decided to pass on the bungy since she doesn't like being suspended upside down. After watching a few people go, I was up. I got my legs tied up and connected to the rope. They asked if I wanted to go for a dip when I hit the bottom. I said yes as I figure you may as well go for the full experience but they couldn't promise me anything. Since I was one of the first jumpers of the day they were still trying to figure out the conditions of the day and making adjustments so the likelihood of actually hitting the water was low. The other problem was that with my weight I was at the lower end for the rope that I would be using. They have 4 different sized cords and the one you use us weight dependant that some one who is really light isn't using a thick cord and gets no bounce at the bottom. With all of the preparations complete it was go time. Standing on the ledge looking down gets the heart going a little a but with absolutely perfect form I was off on my 43m plunge towards the river below. I don't remember much except remembering to get my arms out over my head incase I hit the water but it was not to be. I bounced around for a bit until they retrieved me in a raft still dry. I would say that the bungy was the scariest of the activities that I did simply because of the unknown factor. Since we had previously done skydives and canyon swings we knew what we were getting ourselves into so it didn't have as much of the fear factor (though you do get the feeling right before it happens just not the build up) but with that we both found that we enjoyed them a lot more in the moment. With the bungy I didn't know what to expect so it had much more of the adrenalin factor but it also happened so fast that I don't remember much. Gina got my jump on video and I bought the pictures after as they were good.

After bungy we drove up the Crown range pass, an alternate way to get to Wanaka. We didn't come this way the other day as we had to go to Cromwell along the other highway to go sledging. The road was very winding with consecutive 180 degree turns with a speed limit of 15km/h but the higher up the mountain you climbed the more spectacular the view became. After making many pitstops for pictures and halfway back to Wanaka, we had to hurry back as there was one more thing that needed to be done before going to the airport and that was lunch. There is a burger joint in Queenstown named Fregburger that was voted the best burgers in the world so we had to check it out. I had an original with cheese while Gina had a lamb burger and boy were we not disappointed. The burgers were huge on freshly baked buns and very fresh toppings. I could easily see how it got voted the best and always had a lineup outside of the door every time we walked by.

After lunch we gassed up the car, we have nothing to complain about when it comes to gas prices when they pay the equivalent of $1.90/l (in CAD) here. We didn't even pay that much in Dawson city last summer. We made it to the airport, returned the rental car and checked in. For the first time I think we had an internal flight that was on time. The flight to Auckland was about 2 hours. I worked on blog entries while Gina chatted with the lady sitting next to her about our travels. In Auckland we had a three hour layover so we made our way from the domestic terminal to the international terminal and cleared immigration. We killed time by walking around the shops. I badly wanted some fresh socks as I unwisely ran out of fresh ones a few days before leaving so I bought some at the icebreaker store. I probably overpaid for them but it is nice to have fresh socks. We had a bite to eat and one last beer in NZ before hitting the store to spend the last of our NZ dollars on snacks for our flight. We are trying out L&P soda which tastes like lemon cough drops but the kiwis love it.

We are currently on our 11 hour flight to San Francisco on the longest October 30th of our lives. We left at 19:30 NZ time and we arrive at 11:00 in the morning on the same day. We are scheduled to land in Edmonton at 23:59.
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