S: New Zealand Adventures With Mark & Molly
FC: Adventuring New Zealand with my dad. | January 2010
1: Merry Christmas Pop! | A father is someone you look up to, no matter how tall you grow
2: Pop & Molly traveled to New Zealand together for a week before leaving Molly over there by herself for a month of adventuring.
3: Pop & Molly flew into Christchurch and spent some time getting use to the unique settings! There were drive-through liquor stores, "parent parking", but especially, the driving on the opposite side of the road tripped Pop! | Pop's a parent, front row parking!!
4: Oamaru, NZ
5: When we arrived in Oamaru, they told us to go check out the harbor. When we got there, we found the whole dock covered in penguins! They are known particularly, for their yellow-eyed penguins.
6: While we were in Oamaru, we visited a public garden.
7: Pop and Molly stopped in at a bar in Oamaru called, Fat Sallys. And they didn't even I.D. Molly!
8: Moeraki Boulders Dunedin, NZ
10: The city of Dunedin, NZ
12: St. Paul's Cathedral Dunedin, NZ
13: First Church Dunedin, NZ
14: Railroad station Dunedin, NZ
15: A night out in Dunedin, NZ - Molly's first time trying sake (no bueno!)
16: We saw this game being played everywhere. The game is called "Cricket".
17: We were told, that because there were so many cows in New Zealand, the methane they produce was creating a major hole in the ozone layer making it extremely dangerous to be in the sun for long periods of time. No sun tanning for us!!
18: On our drive down to the Southern point, we took a hike to see the Cathedral Caves - Beautiful!
20: The Southern most point in New Zealand!
21: Te Anau, NZ
22: Pop & Molly took a boat from Te Anau to adventure in a cave with the glow worms! Absolutely beautiful!
24: While Mark & Molly were getting to know the town, they met some characters from the North Island.
25: While Pop was spending $100 to call Mom for her birthday, Molly was being entertained by the street life - bachelor's party!
26: The drive to Milford Sound
27: Some Friendly birds we met along the way!
28: Milford Sound, New Zealand
30: On the drive back from Milford Sound, we stopped at Falls Creek, which was absolutely beautiful. We also stopped off for another hike up a mountainside to find a beautiful waterfall with the cross of someone who died in the mountains.
32: On the drive to Queenstown, we passed a beautiful river so we got out for a stretch and and looked for fish!
33: Also on the drive to Queenstown, we took a detour up to a skiing hill, which overlooked the town!
34: Queenstown, NZ
35: Queenstown is full of the young & active crowd. We sure liked it here! | Pop's ninja-turtle back-pack!!
36: Mark & Molly tried out some gambling in Queenstown. Molly lost all of her $20 bill pop gave her....
37: Mark & Molly went Jet Boating in Queenstown! Wohoooo!!
38: Mark & Molly also went golfing while in Queenstown! The heat got to Molly though...
39: Lake Wanaka, NZ | Mark & Molly pulled the fly-rod out and did some trout fishing at Lake Wanaka! Even though there were trout swimming by out feet, we couldn't snag a single one...
40: On our drive to Mt. Cook, we followed a beautiful river through the mountains. We stopped off at a fish farm pond where we fed the fish pellets (pop wouldn't let me take a picture of that..). They said the fish were from the Kenai river!! We also stopped off at a restaurant that had pet sheep in the back yard, unfenced! We also drove past a caribou farm. What a pretty drive!
41: Even after we thought we'd seen it all, we happen to drive past some casual cow love....More methane!!
42: Mt. Cook, NZ | When Molly was in middle school, her best friends and her opened a book of world maps and said they would travel to wherever their finger landed. It landed on Mt. Cook in NZ. Molly was ecstatic that she actually made it here!
43: The one agreement Molly made Mark promise to was that they would camp at least one night. Mark didn't take it seriously and so he was not prepared and froze his butt off with just his thin little Santa sac!!
44: Christchurch, NZ | And the trip ended back in Christchurch where Mark dropped Molly off at the train station to continue her trip and he headed back to Alaska...
45: Molly was 20 years old taking this trip by herself. Mark & Molly had some quarrels towards the end of their trip together because Mark knew Molly didn't know what she was doing and he didn't want anything to happen to her. When Mark dropped her off at the train station he asked her one last time if she wanted to cancel the rest of her trip and come home with him. She was scared, and a big part of her wanted to, but she also wanted to be a grown-up. She wanted to prove she could do something like this by herself. They both waved to each other as the train took off and Molly broke down & cried once she was out of sight, wishing she wasn't so stubborn. She already missed her dad....
46: The Kiwi Style.
47: Wait...did they spell that right? | Who loves short, shorts... | Old men love short, shorts... | construction workers love short, shorts... | Runners love short, shorts... | Tough day! | Country-boy status! | Why not?..... | "Rubbish Day"!
49: arse: rear end, butt bit of a dag: hard case; comedian; joker bloke: usually a man, and often used when referring to a stranger blow me down: expression of surprise, as in; "Well! Blow me down, I didn't know that." Bob's your Uncle: roughly translates to 'there ya go - that's all there is to it!' brassed off: disappointed, annoyed brekkie: Short for 'breakfast' brilliant: excellent; great; wonderful buggered: exhausted bugger off: piss off, shove off, get out bum: rear end, butt bust a gut: make an intense effort cheers: goodbye or thanks or good luck. cods wollop: untrue statement or remark home 'n hosed: safe, completed successfully kick the bucket: die, cark it knackered: stuffed; fagged out; rooted, as in "I am knackered" | long-drop: outhouse, outdoor loo, shithouse Mum: Mom netball: game somewhat similar to basketball pissed: drunk, inebriated rattle your dags: hurry up; get a move on. rubbish: trash or garbage she'll be right: not a problem, it'll be O.K.' skiting: bragging; showing off skint: short of money squiz: as in "Have a squiz":- to take a look at something sparrow fart: very early in the morning - the crack of dawn. sunday driver: Driving really, really slow sunnies: sunglasses tea: dinner - generic name for evening meal thick: not too smart wally: clown, loser wet blanket: Someone who spoils the fun of others wonky: crooked yonks: forever, a long time ago, ages | Kiwi Sayings!
51: The first true love any girl has is her father. No one will ever replace him as the love of her life.