Rolled out of Wanaka after 10 am, drove past Lake Hawaea and into the gorgeous Mt. Aspiring National Park. The Blue Pools were awesome, with a very rickety hanging bridge to walk across! decibel45 was almost eaten alive by sand flies, so I bought him a bumper sticker:
"I survived the sand flies in Haast, New Zealand".
More blue cod fish and chips, and then we hit the West Coast. Drove up past the Fox Glacier, and now we are in Franz Josef staying in a nice studio unit at the lovely and wonderful Glow Worm Cottages - a far cry from the awful Holiday Park in Wanaka. amyrtw had mapped out all of our lodging, and this was the one she trusted the guidebook for - she's going to write the guidebook and give a poor report. *shudders*
Where was I? Oh, I am on the Internet Bus, and yes ginger931, I've taken pictures. It's a painted red hippy trippy bus, with cool lighting and music as we tap tap away.
Speaking of pictures-
I've taken several for lj friends to enjoy, including soopageek and ginger931. Of course then I had to explain to my travel companions the stories of welfy and soopageek and how they met, and how ginger931 has kept me motivated to blog - more than my travel companions, I assure you, which is quite the opposite of our behaviors.
Time to wander off, the free tasty vegetable soup at the hostel is calling, and then I hear there is a tasty Indian restaurant down the street - plus 8 minutes more and it's another TWO dollars for internet.
Oh, and tomorrow??
Heli-hiking on the Franz Josef Glacier, and then off to Hokitika.
P.S. Catch phrases of the trip, including movie quotes:
"You can DOOOOO it!!!"
"Take it down a notch from eleven."
"Where's the beer?!!"
"Happy hour from 9-10 pm, and then unhappy hour begins."
"No jam? Damn. We got bread, no jelly. Cereal, no milk."
(revised from "No sugar? Damn. Y'all ain't never got two things that match. Either ya got Kool-aid, no sugar. Peanut butter, no jelly. Ham, no burger. Daaamn.)