FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FRODO
I hate Lord of the Rings. Erik loves Lord of the Rings. Somehow, we still manage to make our marriage work.
Everywhere we went in New Zealand, Lord of the Rings tours of some kind were being promoted. Go dirt biking to famous spots! Fight an orc on location! Pay $5,000 per person to see all the sights! Substitute Lord of the Rings with The Sound of Music and maybe I would have been tempted. Besides, even Erik, didn't want to spend money on these tours, so it was all good.
I could post 500 pictures of beautiful New Zealand scenery, but I will spare you. You get the idea, though. It was incredible (and terrifying) to drive on the left side of twisty mountain roads overlooking cliffs and lakes.
The great thing about being on this kind of vacation, is that we were able to just pull over and stop on the side of the road whenever we felt like it.
One of the nights we spent at this Bed and Breakfast outside of Mount Cook. It looked like a mobile home on the outside, but the rooms were clean and modern. That was a pleasant surprise.
We visited these mineral hot pools on a cliff overlooking a river. Each pool had it's own little "garage door" that opened up to the view so that you could choose between being outside or inside. I'm embarrassed to say that I actually found out about these pools when Jason took Melissa there on the Bachelor. Embarrassing, I know, but hey, they were pretty neat.
Our last stop in New Zealand was Queenstown. It was full of a lot of people that are too cool for school, i.e., college students walking around in snowboarding outfits and huge sunglasses. We just can't compete with that. Erik wears safety glasses all the time and I don't know how to ski. We still had fun anyway.
If you look closely, you can see the short little runway on the left. I couldn't believe we landed on it without flying into something.
Then, we flew home!
I miss vacation.