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Parties and Goat's Milk

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 24 February 2008 | Views [686]

The South Island is all that I had hoped.  This area kinda reminds me of Washington State.  I flew over the Cook Straight yesterday (22 mins at 2500 ft.)  I was amazed at how low we flew because, as some of you know, I jumped out of a plane 3 days ago at 12,000 ft.  Let's just take a moment to recap my final days on the North Island.

Left Hastings on Thursday morning.  It took catching 4 rides before I got all the way to Taupo, but it was worth it.  The day was perfect for a skydiving trip.  I wish I had a picture to show, but the DVD and picture gallery of my dive would have cost an extra $179.  You will just have to believe me that I did it.  The next day I got to Wellington and enjoyed the laid back cafe culture.  Wellington reminded me of Chicago (just the nicer bits and only 10% the population).

The guy that gave me a ride from Picton to my current location was something!  He hunts wild pigs--with 3 dogs and a knife.  Yeah.  He just stabs them in the chest while the dogs hold them down.  That's pretty hardcore, eh?

So now I am here WWOOFing in Motueka until the 4th.  Actually, I will be taking a 3-4 day break to hike and camp the Abel Tasman National Park.  I like this family, and this morning I milked the goat.  We then ran the milk through a sive and then enjoyed it fresh and warm!  There will be a neat building project before I leave, and until then, I will love the pets.

Last night they took me to a neighbor's birthday party.  Nice food and nice folks.  What a way to be introduced to the South Island!  I don't have a great computer here, so expect a rush of pictures on the 4th.  I will likely have about 400 from the beautiful Coastal Track.  For now I need to plan some camping meals.

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