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When we last left you, it was Easter, and we spent a wonderful day on the mystical Doubtful Sound. We left the next day and headed to Queenstown for a few days, just enjoying being in a city again, both of us taking an adrenaline fueled “swing” over a canyon and river, and me taking a plunge off the third highest bungee jump in the world, at 440 feet high.

I’m getting a little ahead of myself though. On our first night in Queenstown, we stumbled upon an Irish pub and decided to go in for a much needed Guinness, as I had only had a few since we left the US in October. Well, one drink turned into about six hours at the pub, but luckily for us some good came out of it, other than the nice buzz we had when leaving.

We met a good amount of people there, including a college student from St. Louis of all places, who was there with her parents who came to New Zealand to visit her while she is studying abroad. It was nice to be in a bar talking Cardinal baseball and home in general.  But we were also lucky enough to chat with several locals, who told us that we HAD to take a drive to the nearby town of Glenorchy the following day.

Since we had already booked our Nevis Swing and my bungee jump for two days after, we had a day to burn, and the forecast was for warm weather and sunny skies. After taking a trip to the information office the following morning, (side note: there are these things called Isites that are dotted everywhere in New Zealand; basically they are information centers that have people working in them, free pamphlets, and just a wealth of information about whatever area they are in, absolutely fantastic and completely free) the workers stressed what a beautiful drive Glenorchy was and strongly urged us to go.

With all the local advice, we figured we better take advantage of the beautiful day and take the short 45 kilometer drive along Lake Wakatipu to the small town of Glenorchy. Luckily it did not disappoint. The drive was through windy and narrow-laned roads along the lake, and although it was only about 27 miles, it took us close to two hours because we stopped constantly to take in the views and snap photos. The guys we met the previous night spoke of the “Million dollar view”, saying it was unsigned, on the left, and we would know it when we saw it. They spoke the truth.

After arriving in Glenorchy, we took a short hike around the lake on boardwalks, taking us to small, mirror-like ponds with gorgeous snow-capped mountains in the background. It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon and was quite relaxing before the following day of swinging over canyons and jumping off a gondola with a giant rubber band attached to my ankles.

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