Sunday, March 18, 2012
I was so excited to share our Milford Sound experience, I skipped the previous day. So we left Pete's Farmstay mid morning and headed out of town in our Jucy rental car. We swapped vehicles because, Jucy Rental had a great deal on moving a car from Christchurch to Queenstown which we were doing anyway. Our new car was about the size of a Mini Cooper and only a few years old. The downside, was it was a manual transmission vehicle. So now that I was just getting the hang of driving on the wrong side of the road, I had to add the complexity of shifting to the mix. Out of town we drove. The drive was very pleasant, and roads were in good condition. After hours of driving, and seeing thousands upon thousands of sheep, we stopped in a small town on the coast called Oamaru. We were just looking for a bite to eat, when Kim saw a "Cheese Factory" sign. Ooo! I said, and pulled over. Whitestone Cheese was the name of the place and they had cheese samples and an observation deck for their production line. We purchased a picnic pack cheese platter that had an aged cheddar and a beautiful blue cheese. It even came with crackers and a plastic knife.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
"Puget Sound on Steroids!" is how one a couple from San Diego described the Milford Sound here in the Fjordlands of New Zealand. I would have to agree, but even that statement doesn't give it enough credit. It was spectacular. By the way, I am skipping our day in Dunedin and beautiful drive for time/mb sake. Turns out we are limited in internet use at most locations, hence few pictures as well. We woke up early in Te Anau and drove some of the most beautiful miles I have ever seen in my life up to Milford Sound. It is only about 70 miles, but it took us a little over 2 hours without any stops (we made those on the way back). Huge mountians, deep valleys, big rocks, tight turns, crazy steep tunnel, one lane sections with bridges, and all driving stick shift on the opposite side of the rode. It was awesome!!!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Al and Caroline have been taking care of the boys while we are on our trip. Here are a few pictures they have sent to keep us from missing them too much.