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South Island

Written on: Tuesday May 1st, 2007

The vegatation is very tropical on both islands. Lots of ferms and palm trees and very green. No real animals here. The top of the food chain is the imported possium which is creating problems.

Went for a boat ride down the Abel Tasman NP (Tasman Sea) and walked back 3 hours to be picked up by the boat at a different Bay. Yes I walked again with Barbs cold. Did I thank you yet Barb. While on this boat ride some dolpins came up and swam beside us. We also saw some seals too. It was great.

The roadas here are unique. They drive on the wrong side plus they have bridges made for one car. So you are doing 100 km and then the first one to the bridge gets to go through while the other hits the brakes. Only lost once. To top it off they have some bridges that we share with a train too. I don't know how those ones work but I am sure the trains gets the right of way.

Today we are at Franz Joseph to view the glaciers but we will be walking in the rain. Yes I will be walking.

 

From Kristyn Darling on May 2nd, 2007

Wow you are doing alot of walking!! You must be getting in great shape! Hey and your driving skills sound great... just watch out for the trains -I'm sure you're right, they do have the right away! Keep the updates coming... we enjoy hearing of your adventures... we miss you lots... drive carefully and continue having fun... love you guys! Todd, Tay and kd.

From Lizzie on May 2nd, 2007

Hey, thinking of you..."no real animals" so do they just have fake ones? I am picturing plastic statues of Kangaroos and Koalas like the deer ones we have here in peoples garden..enjoy life!!

From Leigh-Anne on May 2nd, 2007

Hi, Kristyn just gave us this link. Great idea! Nice to hear from you too. Would love to see photos on New Zealand when you get back. Can you video a race to the bridge?... now be careful though! Gaby did you take the price tag off your camera yet? :) Curious to know what the weather is like in New Zealand. When do you head to Australia? Have fun! Leigh-Anne, Jim, Kami,Colin and Maya too!

From Ditey on May 2nd, 2007

I miss my Gaby! :(

From Paul and Barb on May 2nd, 2007

Hi guys, It's not my cold. Paul started it all. Did you tell Kristyn to take my birthday gift away? Sounds like you guys are having way too much fun. Have you seen any snowmobiles yet? Paul wants to know how the dolphins reacted when Gaby jumped in with her itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini. Gotta get back to work....later Barb and Paulxoxoxo

From Barb-bee on May 2nd, 2007

Okay, I had all kinds of things to ask, but, i just read the last entry from Barb & Paul and all i can think of are teeny yellow polka dots where they just shouldn't be! We miss miss & love you guys!watch your step on those glaciers!

From Deborah & Mark on May 2nd, 2007

Scott should feel right at home - driving on the wrong side of the road LOL! And racing for the right of way for the bridge - how much fun can that be. Stay out of the ditches!!! Great idea to keep in touch with everyone. And stop whining about your colds - YOUR ON HOLIDAYS!! CHEERS!

From Phil on May 2nd, 2007

Hi Guys. Was telling a buddy here at work who use to work for 3M New Zealand. He said if you have time to check out the Hot Pools @ Orewa and walk the Milford Track if there is still any soles left on your shoes. Pretty cool technology to chat across the world. Enjoy!!!

From Miss u Long time. Liam. on May 3rd, 2007

Hey you guys mIss you lots, the shop is not the same without and today I got in shit from Iggy, he told me" just because Gaby isnt around doesnt mean you can hang out with her sister" blah blah blah. Sounds like you're having a great time without me. Scott you should see how messy Iggy has made your truck in only a few days. Gabby I found your stash of good stuff. Colleen and Nika say hi and woof woof woof. Type to you soon. Cheers Liam.

From Doug & Cathy on May 4th, 2007

Glad to hear you're having a fun, but let the train win would ya? Sounds like the trip of a lifetime - stay safe and kiss a koala for me!