Heading home

Today is the day. I am flying back to the US tonight at 9:30NZ time and arriving in Colorado Springs at 11:40pm central time. I have a 5 hour lay over in LA, which should be super fun.
Crosby and I sold the car this past weekend. A lady at the hostel had just gotten into town and said that she was interested. She ended up buying it, which is great. the only problem is that she is transferring the money to Crosby’s account, which takes 6 days. In that time she could cancel the transaction, thus completely skewing us over. So hopefully it all works out, but for now we have our fingers crossed.
We spent the weekend in auckland. It’s a nice city, but I am glad i dropped out and stayed on the south Island. there is plenty to do up here, but its not as easy to get to good tramping spots.
Well as my last update from NZ, I can say that I had an incrediable time here. I wish it lasted longer, but considering I wasn’t in school the entire time, it all worked out. I will be seeing a lot of you soon, and for the others, the time will come when I will talk your faces off with stories. Till then, peace and love to all.

Cooper

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Quick Update

Just wanted everyone to know that I am now on the North Island. Crosby and I are making our way up to Auckland so I can make my flight, but also to sell the car. Cheers

Cooper

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NZ Cowboys

After a few days of rest and burning time until Adam returns, Crosby and I went to the National Rodeo championships on Saturday. I have to tell you, the Cowboys of NZ are verrryyy different from those in the US. The major difference is the hair cuts, ranging from mullets to things that I wouldn’t even know how to being to describe. Lets just say, hair gel is very popular. There are guys with cowboy boots, jeans and then hair that is spiked and styled like they are from Jersey Shore. On top of that, they wear button down shirts with the collars poped. I didn’t know there was a preppy look to the whole western scene, but I guess its all part of the abroad experience. Also, there was an impressive amount of alcohol consumption. Combine the idea of redneck beer drinking in the US and the binge drinking culture of NZ and you get the idea. There wasn’t any outrageous behavior, but you could tell that by the time we left, it was moving in that direction, and that was at 3. Credit has to be given, though, for there precautions because there was a cop at the exit breathalyzing every driver as they left. It was an interesting experience, as a whole. We did watch some bull riding and other rodeo events, in addition to our people watching, though.

As far as I go, things are pretty good. The hair is starting to get shaggy, but not long. We will see where it is when I get back. I started reading Lord of the Rings; I figured NZ a better place than any to take up the epic tale. I have started looking over classes and have a draft of my schedule for next year; its looking like strait psych class…finally.

From here on out, our plans are extremely unclear. We think we are going to start heading North, up the West coast, but beyond that I have no idea. As far as I am concerned, as long as we are doing something, I am happy, just as long as I get to Auckland by the 18.

Oh I want to make a shout out to those at CC and ask that I get put in on one of the 7th block break trips. I will be back before you all leave, so I should be able to come. A trip to Utah or some where would be awesome and I would love to get to spend some time with you all when I am back, as well as keep up my tramping trend. Let me know what some of you are thinking about, and just to clarify, I will not have a car, sorry, so if you could save me a seat in someone’s car, I would be greatly appreciative.

Good luck to everyone at Nationals, which I guess at this point is only Duels. I will have to be filled in on singles.

Peace and Love to all and from the great words of Rob Burgundy, “Stay classy San Diego.”

Cheers

Cooper

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Te Anau-Milford Sound Highway

First, thank you ryan for the post.

Second, I am to lazy/busy to write a super detailed post about bungee and Routeburn.

As for an update, last week, Adam, Crosby and I did the Hollyford track. Crosby and I only went about half way, and then came back out to do some day hikes in Fiordland, while, Adam continued on and got a little personal time. The part of the Hollyford I did was beautiful, as expected. It had some great water falls and lakes. We stayed in huts for both nights. They didn’t cost anything because we bought Back Country Hut passes, which are $92(so not exactly free) and allow you access to any hut, that is not on a great walk, for 6 months. Usually it is about 15 per night.

Once we were out of the Hollyford, we stayed at a campsite along the highway that runs from Te Anau to Milford Sound. The next day, we woke early and drove to Milford Sound to take a ferry ride around the sound. The sound is surrounded by 1000ft+ cliffs that rise strait out of the water. Most of the pictures of NZ, especially on postcards, are of this sound. It was absolutely stunning. I would advise, first, that those coming to NZ absolutely stop in Milford sound, and second, go early in the morning. For one, the prices increase throughout the day, but this is due to the large number of tour busses that come to drop people off, which is my second point: missing the crowd. When we went the weather was blue skies and little wind, which provided a beautiful view of the surrounding cliffs. However, do not be deterred by bad weather, actually be excited, because when it rains, the cliffs become covered in thousands of water falls. It is said that going when it is raining is an entirely different experienced; sometimes considered better. After the hour and a half ferry, we made our way back toward Te Anau; there is nothing to do in Milford Sound, there is only the ferry dock.

On the way back, we did a day hike, called Gertrude Saddle. I have to say that it is one of my top three hikes/scenic views so far, here in NZ. The hike took us up a valley to a saddle, passing a large lake. From the saddle you were able to see down this valley that stretched out pass multiple ridge lines and eventually lead to the ocean. The view was outstanding.

Gertrude Saddle

After the Gertrude Saddle, we went back to the same campsite as the night before. The next day was quite interesting. When we did the Routeburn the other week, the weather quite poor when we came over the saddle and the entire valley was filled with clouds, which is supposed to be the best part and the main reason for doing the track. Because of this and the fortune of good weather that week, Crosby and I decided to speed hike up to the saddle and back in one day. The hike took us 9 hours, they rate it to take well over a day, and we were exhausted by the end of it. It is debatable whether the hike was worth it, just for the view, but this is only came into question because the view was seen well enough earlier on the track. This meant that it was definitely worth doing it again, but maybe not all the way up to the saddle; either way, it was a good day of hiking.

After that exhausting day, Crosby and I returned to the hostel in Te Anau, which we had stayed at before starting the Hollyford, the following day and decided to take a few days off.

I do need to make a special note, though, about the hostel we are staying at. It is $30 a night, and is incredible. Located a little ways out of town, Bob and Mackenzie’s Backpackers has an amazingly homey feel that makes you not want to leave. The living room is large, filled with comfy couches, and a large glass window that warms the room during the afternoon. There is nice kitchen, furnished with numerous pots and cooking utensils. There is also unlimited internet for just $10. The beds are comfortable, and they provide towels for all the guests. For anyone planning on staying in Te Anau, I highly recommend this place.

This post is getting long, so I am going to make another one.

Cheers

Cooper

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Cooper made me do his lazy work…

But anyway… check out these cool photos and the video!!! Actually, couldn’t get the video to upload, but look at it here (http://www.ididit.co.nz/ididit/profile/7481)



Neato!

Cheers,
Ryan

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Quick Update

Hey all

Just got back from the Routeburn track. Wanted to let you all know I made it out ok. I will provide a more detailed description of the hike at a late time.

Also, bungy jumping was incredible. One of the scariest things i have ever done, but the most exciting as well. I have pictures and a video that I will post later.

Hope everyone is doing well, and my hearty goes out to those in Japan.

We are headed down to Te Anau, and then up to Milford sound. I will try to post a more extensive update in when I get there.

Later

Cooper

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Bungee Jumping

Hey jsut a quick post.

I am going bungee jumping today. It is called the Nevis Bungee Jump. it is 134m high. Should be fun. I will let you know how it goes when I get back.

Later

Cooper

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