Kawarau Bridge is the world’s first bungy site. Bungy jumping came from the ancient tradition of “land diving” by the Vanuatu people in the Pacific. It began commercially available in 1988 by A.J. Hackett, and is said to have given birth to New Zealand’s “adventure tourism.”
I went first. That brave face is a lie. I took me a good 5 minutes before I could be convinced to what amounted to, at best, a lean forward into the void.
Do you see that crap? That is wicked far down…43 meters.
Looks like I’m enjoying it, right? They are good at their photography.
Kevin did much better. He was cool, calm, and ready.
Although, he did do a magnificent yell as he toppled over the edge.
I can fly high as an eagle…
And I can’t figure out how to flip those pictures on their side. The photo editor is not letting me select the flip tool. Whatever. You get the idea.
Hobbitfeets- A beginning
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”- J.R.R. Tolkien
I found this trip to be one of the most difficult trips to pack for. Between the multiple types of outings we have planned, and what I’ve been told to expect, I really have been at a bit of a loss. The trusty internet didn’t seem to have any true cohesive lists for me to pull from. Once again, I found myself pulling from what I consider the best resource: my clients.
With their helpful input, I cross referenced all our planned activities on an excel sheet. I knew I didn’t want to over pack and planned for doing laundry in our down time. I also got several excellent suggestions for items that could be washed in the sink and dry overnight.
Here’s some of what I am packing:
Something I’ve always enjoyed about my job is the wealth of information and great advice from so many sources. I feel so fortunate that so many can share their experiences and contribute to what I can only describe as the betterment of my own life.
One thing I heard routinely was to travel while you’re young enough to enjoy it. I didn’t want to end up waiting and wishing I had done more.
So I decided two years ago to stop talking about “someday” and plan a trip to New Zealand. Partially because I am such a huge Lord of the Rings fan (books and movies) and because NZ is world renowned for its beauty and adventure. I also picked the date by using Peter Jackson’s own day that he began filming The Hobbit.
Now, here we are, two years later, and my & Kevin’s adventure is about to begin. I hope this blog will help us not only keep in touch, but to also help catalog our undertaking of 3 weeks in some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.