After a few days of getting up early, it felt nice and decadent to sleep in some this morning.
The weather today was gorgeous, and it is going to be nicer tomorrow.
One thing that was recommended to me by a New Zealander was to ride the TSS Earnslaw. It’s a coal-fired steamer. The boat goes over to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Note to self: Never buy tickets when you are hungry. It is up there with shopping when hungry. I ended up getting the ticket that included the BBQ lunch. While it was pricey, I have to say that the food was good and the guest house on the water was nice. It was really relaxing eating and looking out on the water. And the BBQ pork = yum. I also enjoyed the grounds. They were beautifully maintained. The cruise over was nice, windy, but nice. It was a great day to be on the water. Oh between buying my ticket and the cruise, I walked around the marina area. Queenstown is very commercial, but it’s quite easy to escape it.
The next stop was the gondola, which Steffie recommended highly. Very nice views. Again, I hate going up and down them, but the views are quite amazing. I did walk around a bit. I started to walk one of the trails, but I decided against going too far because it was dark in there. One of the things about traveling solo is that one has to exercise a little bit of caution. I am pretty sure the woods is Jason’s territory, and I am cool. I seriously considered doing the Luge, but it is something I should have considered when I bought my gondola ticket. I saw the bungy jumping, and I was immediately like heck no! In what I find to be odd planning, the cemetery is next to the gondola building.
Because it’s a nice day and Friday evening, the Marine Parade was filled with people. I sat and people watched and waited for sunset. The energy felt really good, and I could tell people were revving up to have a good time tonight. As I was leaving, I saw young people heading down to see and be seen. I am way too old for that.
One thing I like about traveling is meeting new people. I haven’t really mentioned anyone outside of Miliana and Johannes. Yesterday on the Milford Sound tour, I met a couple from Sydney. They were very nice, and we took photos for each other. Today while on the boat, I met two women traveling from the U.S. For one of the ladies, it was her fourth time in New Zealand. Her husband passed away two years ago. She agreed to come with her friend whose husband couldn’t make the journey because of arthritis.
I did want to mention more about my journey to Fiordland yesterday. I think I mentioned the tour passed through Te Anau on the way there and back. I don’t remember how many photo stops we made, quite a few, but I know we hit some of the big ones like Mirror Lake and the Chasm. When we were going through Homer Tunnel, I felt like I was on that scary ride in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The weather was perfect, and it is just one of the most beautiful places that I have seen.
I wasn’t 100 percent about my decision to come to Queenstown before I left, but I am glad I did. Even in the chaos and party feel, there are places one can find peace.
It is awesome being in the spring, especially with days getting shorter at home. It’s still light after 8:00 and the weather is super nice. I am trying to soak all the sun up that I can. Winter is coming!
Tomorrow the next phase of my journey begins. I may be silent for longer than normal as I make my move.
Oh, and as always, excuse any typos. I will edit when I get home.
P.S. The extremely slow internet prevents me from adding photos :(.