Canyonlands


Last week I went to Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State park. I highly recommend seeing both of them. Pictures can be found here.

Uluru

I just finished a three day tour of central Australia. I saw Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) and King’s Canyon. They were both really nice. Luckily the weather was unseasonably cool. When I arrived in Alice Springs the temp was 115 (typical for this time of year ), but the first day of the tour it was 95 and the last two days it didn’t get over 80. I enjoyed the trip, but there are a LOT of tourists at Uluru, nothing like watching a sunset with 500 other people. I will be heading back to the US in about a week, so hopefully I will get some pictures uploaded soon.

Stewart Island

I’ve just finished hiking the Northwest Circuit on New Zealand’s third largest island. I really enjoyed it. The beaches were beautiful and the weather was really nice. I even saw a kiwi. I am sad that my time here is almost over.

Milford Sound

Yesterday I went to Milford sound and took a cruise. It was really pretty with steep cliffs and lots of waterfalls. Eventually I will get some pictures of it uploaded. The drive to Milford Sound was also very pretty.

Wanaka

I arrived in Wanaka today. It is beautiful weather and the hostel has nice views of the lake. This is one of the bigger towns I have been in in awhile and my plan is to go see “The Hobbit” at the movie theatre next door.

Twizel

Today I arrived in Twizel. If you are ever in this part of New Zealand, I recommend that you take Braemar road to drive from Lake Tekapo to Lake Pukaki, it is longer than the paved road, but the views of Mount Cook are spectacular.

Arthur’s Pass

Today I arrived in Arthur’s Pass after hiking the Harper Pass track. I am slightly less tired than I was when I biked here 9 years ago. It is very small and the store has about one bookshelf of food, but it has what I need to get to the next town.

Westport

I just finished hiking from St. Arnaud to Boyle Village and am taking a few days off from hiking to spend some time by the ocean.

Merry Christmas from New Zealand

Hi everybody, I realize that for most of you it is only December 24th, but here it is already Christmas. This is my first Christmas in the southern hemisphere and I think I could get used to it. The weather is sunny and it is supposed to be 80 degrees today.and 15+ hours of daylight is really nice. Hope you all are staying warm and doing well. I have also uploaded more pictures to Dropbox.

St. Arnaud

This morning I arrived in St. Arnaud. It is a pretty little town on the edge of Nelson Lakes National Park. I will be spending Christmas Day here and then head further south on December 26th. The past two weeks I have hiked the Pelorus River Track (17.3 miles) and the Richmond Alpine Track
(48 miles). They were both very pretty, but I have to say that New Zealanders are masters of the understatement when it comes to rating the difficulty of their trails. Both trails were pretty steep and took longer than I intended, but so far I am still having fun.