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Queenstown

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So, this morning I jumped off the side of a mountain.

Well, it was more like running off it. This morning I ran off the side of a mountain. Sarah and I both had wanted to do something crazy and awesome in Queenstown, and neither of us were that thrilled with the idea of bungee jumping, so we decided on hang-gliding, and let me tell you: hang-gliding is awesome, and hang-gliding off of Coronet Peak in Queenstown is even more awesome. That must be what birds feel like all the time. Sometimes I wish I were a bird.

This is where we jumped from!

This is where we jumped from!

Hang-gliding was a pretty amazing way to start the day, and on the way back to the hostel, we stopped at the fudge shop again to try more free fudge. But this time I felt guilty and actually bought some. Can’t say I regret that decision.

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After making lunch and watching our videos from hang-gliding, we headed back out to hike up Queenstown Hill, hill being the operative word here. It was a pretty steep climb just to get from the hostel to the beginning of the walking trail, and it was just as steep the entire way up to the summit. We made it, though, and there was a little pond at the top that I waded in to cool off. And even though the bottom was covered with plants, I knew I didn’t have to worry about being bitten or stung or otherwise harmed by the wildlife, because I’m not in Australia anymore! One plus. We also got to relax in a neat sculpture called the Basket of Dreams. I actually would’ve liked to just take a nap there, even though it was made of metal and surprisingly uncomfortable.

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The view from the top was simply incredible. New Zealand still doesn’t look real. I wonder if the people who live here are used to it?

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After the hike, we pretty much just ate, showered, and chilled. I cooked salmon, sweet potato, and asparagus, and it was amazing. I’m so happy this hostel has such a usable kitchen! I hope the others are like that too.

I’m a little bummed we don’t have more time to spend in Queenstown, but it’s so tiny that I think we’ve gotten a pretty good feel for it even just being here a day and a half. We’ve walked through the main part of town many times already – to the hang-gliding place, the supermarket, the Queenstown Hill – so I’m even familiar with the shops here. I think I said this in my last post, but I just love how laid back and friendly and calm Queenstown feels. I’m so glad I got to spend some time here! Tomorrow, it’s off to Milford Sound.

This is right across the street from our hostel.

This is right across the street from our hostel.

P.S. I looked it up, and the trees around Lake Wakatipu are definitely weeping-willows, not just weeping-willow-like trees. Even more reason for me to love it.

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