Monday, 4 March 2013

Day off with Family in Christchurch

Carol, Sarn's mum, flew in from Sydney, Australia to spend a day with us.
She picked us up in Arthur's Pass and took us to her sister Kaye's house in
the Christchurch area. Some much needed R and R and plenty of food!

Carol making a spectacular omelet.

Left to right: Sarn, Geoff, Kaye and Carol.
Oh, by the way....The roast lamb was simply exceptional!

Scrubbing our packs clean from the built up sweat and bacteria.

2 years ago, Christchurch suffered a devistating earthquake,
killing over 180 people. The signs are still very present, with so
much more clean up work to be done.
What a reminder that life can be taken from us at any moment...
A reminder to live life while we have it!

Parts of the city still look like a war zone...
My memories of a picturesque garden city seem so distant, and
my heart goes out to the people of Christchurch.

Carol took us back to the trail head...Thanks Mum!!

From here, it will take 3 days to get to Lake Coleridge, then another 6 days
to the beautiful turquoise Lake Tekapo.
Find Lake Tekapo on the map...We will have completed approx 2,300 km's 
by then. Along this section, we will also get our first glimpse of New Zealand's
highest peak, Mount Cook, (named after the explorer Captain Cook).

Until well, love well and walk a lot!

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