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On Our Way From Queenstown To Dunedin...

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This entry was posted on 12/30/2006 6:06 AM and is filed under New Zealand.

Driving from Queenstown to Dunedin took us much longer than expected.  That's because of the many stops we made to record amazing sights.  You wouldn't want to be caravanning behind us because of all the U turns we made to go back and record the following incredible things...

Bungy Jumping at Kawarau Suspension Bridge

OK, maybe Evelyn would have done this but Mindy certainly wasn't going to let her.  No way José!  Oldest recorded jump is by a 94 year old, so Evelyn vowed to come back when she is 95 and log a new record.

This is the original Bungy Jump - 43 meters (141 feet) above the crystal clear waters of the Kawarau River.

The courageous and sometimes slightly intoxicated participants each pay $100 NZ - about $68 US - for a 2 minute experience of their lives.  You empty your pockets, then your feet are tightly bound together and attached to a cable.  You hobble to the edge of a precipice, wave to the crowd below, and then before you pee in your pants, you dive off the top.  If you show hesitation, your lovely helpers at the top gently push you off.  Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew!  There's a nice gentle tug at the bottom as your fingers graze the water and then after a few more twirls and ups and downs, you're lowered into a boat, untied and off you go....to do it again!

Pause on this photo to see a few images of what it looks like...



Click here to watch the movie...

Bungee Jumping...

Tired of those shoes?

We drove by a caravan (trailer) park and couldn't resist taking a photo of this fence of boots and trainers (tennis shoes) and making a little movie too.  Maybe they were left here as memories of the Milford Trek...



Click here to watch the movie...

The Shoe Fence...

Rodin-like Beauty by the side of the road...

At the entrance to a winery on the road to Dunedin we had to stop and glory in the beauty and freedom that this statue represented.  We've often felt like this ourselves...

Pause on the photo to see Mindy's animation of the 4 different sides of the statue...



Ever seen a Boer Goat?

The Boer goat is an animal with symmetry, as well as a strong and vigorous appearance.  Its body is white and its head is a reddish brown.  We did a double take on this animal and captured a photo of it.  Really stunning...



Venison Fields Forever...

Many times we've passed these beautiful fields filled with deer grazing.  Unfortunately they're headed for someone's dinner table as venison.  They were an unusual sight for us...




And Those Fields and Fields of Sheep...

Can't tell you how many fields of sheep we've passed.  The South Island is full of them.  Some of them recently shorn with the shearing marks still visible and others still wearing their full wool coats.  They're beautiful to watch...





Another Beautiful Panorama midway on the drive to Dunedin...









 

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    • 1/6/2007 9:51 PM Shreya wrote:
      My most amazing Godpods---I have been sitting here for hours and hours just sobbing in love and gratitude for you as i've followed your journey from the start til this point (12/30). i have not been on my computer for a very long time (obviously) so i have a lot of catching up to do. thank you, thank you, thank you HUGE for your kindness and generosity in documenting and sharing your incredible adventures with me...with all of us who love you. there is no way i can adequately express the total joy i feel going on this adventure with you. THANK YOU for bringing me/us along with you!!! i'm blown away at all you are doing, experiencing, seeing and eating!!! your movies are perfect!!! YOU are perfect!!! i have to stop and go to sleep since i am working again and need to get up at 5:30am. i can hardly wait til tomorrow after work to continue my travels with you. what an awesome tramp!!! oh, gosh...there is so much to comment on. the most important of which is that i love you so much and i'm so happy for you and this experience. keep taking such great care of yourselves and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! i love you! XOXOXOX shreya
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