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Abel Tasmaniacs

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 24 February 2007 | Views [2024] | Comments [8]

When was the last time you spent four days carrying around 50 kilos on your back, camped under the stars and hiked 51 kilometers?  Not recently?  Well, for us it was less than a week ago.

New Zealand has multi-day tramping tracks throughout the country that run through their national parks.  We thought it would be a good experience to try one out, so we opted for Abel Tasman (a dutch explorer) National Park on the northern tip of the South Island.  This four day adventure took us up the coast, with most of the track along the beach.  Now, don't get us wrong, you can see from the pics that we saw some of the most beautiful, pristine, untouched, hidden beaches and bays in the world.  But after four days of tuna fish, burning hot sun and blisters, and bugs that would give Assateague Island a run for its money, it's a wonder Gen and I are still talking to each other!!  I did mention no showers and tuna fish three meals a day, didn't I?

 

It was tough.  Tough like swimming from Australia to New Zealand.  There were tears, there was blood, there was laughter, there was shouting, there wasn't a single shower and there was a lot of tuna fish...did I mention that yet?  I think at some point Gen actually called off the engagement, also.  But we did it!  It took us four days, we crossed four estuaries at low tide, and one at high tide (big mistake!), tramped 51 km...and ate tuna...and didn't shower.

The biggest bugger of all though, was that the day before we were supposed to do this huge camping trip, we realized that someone had stolen our tent...oye!  And after four days of fun, the bus ride back to camp was a thrilling adventure around 365 turns that are all on a mountain overlooking the valley!

   

this was us at the end of the trip...

 

Tags: Misadventures

Comments

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I glad to see a 4 day hike brought Genny to her senses. But seriously, that sucks about the tent. maybe I will send you one... when I get a raise...HEHEHE. I want the pictures of you in drag, and not for the reason your thinking either. Even though you have been gone for about a month I still wish that I knew how to quit you.

Something I will be glad to send is a razor, because you look pathetic. Jake you should shave to. Just kidding, but seriouly Jake, now I know why people dont like americans. Lastly, how is the tuna over there?

take care kids,

  Alex Feb 27, 2007 8:26 AM

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Hi Guys,

I miss you both so much and am so sorry I have missed your calls, I kick myself screaming when I get the voicemails. Your adventures sound totally crazy and I cant wait to hear more. I love you both and hope you are happy and safe! Gen you are going to come back rexy

  Seana Feb 28, 2007 1:20 AM

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Hi Guys,

I miss you both so much and am so sorry I have missed your calls, I kick myself screaming when I get the voicemails. Your adventures sound totally crazy and I cant wait to hear more. I love you both and hope you are happy and safe! Gen you are going to come back rexy

  Seana Feb 28, 2007 1:20 AM

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thanks for the ring the other day, its real nice to know that you miss me as much as i miss ya'll. I was dead serious about the Pearl Jam concert... I'll leave this country right now.

  Adam Lewis Palmer Feb 28, 2007 10:58 AM

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i love it when you take a battering for 4 days carrying huge packs, carried off by Mozzies, blisters bulging and suffering tuna overload... and it still comes in as one of your highlights. People who have never done a long hike like this will never get it!

  crustyadventures Feb 28, 2007 11:17 AM

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Hi Gen and Jake - Loie here from jolly England. Love hearing about your adventures. You will be happy to hear that we have no mozzies, have a good power shower (hot water dependent on how soon it is used after Katherine) and little risk of sunburn (its cold and rainy - well, it is England). Look forward to seeing you in May. Love Loie, Katherine and Richard
PS I am working on some unique tuna recipes.

  Loie Mar 7, 2007 6:07 AM

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GEN..THAT PICTURE OF YOU SITTING IN THAT LITTLE OFFICE
REMINDED ME OF THE TIME I HAD TO GO TO MACYS AND PICK YOU UP AT THE STORE SECURITY OFFICE. REMEMBER THAT LITTLE TURD WHO'S FAMILY OWNED A DRUG STORE CHAIN WAS
STUFFING CLOTHING IN HIS BAGS WHILE HIS PARENTS WERE SHOPPING....BY THE WAY, ARE YOU ALLOWED BACK IN MACYS YET ?
JAKE (AFTER HIS HIKING EXPERIENCE) LOOKS LIKE BILL CLINTON AFTER THEY ANNOUNCED THEY FOUND THE DRESS SHE SAVED IN HER CLOSET....IS IT THE EYES OR THE RED NOSE
THAT LOOKS LIKE BILLS ?

  OLD MAN Mar 13, 2007 11:44 AM

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These are the photos I commented on another page.
The look on your faces is without a doubt the funniest looks I have seen from 2 different people in separate photos! PMSL.

  Thomas j. Aug 11, 2007 2:59 PM

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