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Happy Thanksgiving! (Or So We Thought…)

We really did think it was Thanksgiving (although we wondered why it was so early), not figuring out our error until the day after – which happened to be after the damage was done. So let us recap our glorious thanks filled day that was very much not Thanksgiving.

Being the special day that it wasn’t, we started the morning off early with crepes and lemon curd (it also happens that about this time the iPhone died so we have no pictures of not Thanksgiving day for you). Then it was off to a jog along the country roads before hitting the beach to do some barefooting. We topped off our bellies with an egg / onion / tomato / chive scramble and then hit the road for what would be a long day of traveling.

Our first stop was the Lost Gypsy Gallery, a collection of ingenious creations – from invisible penguins being caught, to a bike powered TV, and countless other fun wind up devices. We explored both the “store” (an old bus) and the new gallery, set among the gardens around the bus. After the gallery we went to McClean Falls, a beautiful 40 foot waterfall in dense forest, before heading to the southernmost point on the southern island, Slope Point (which interestingly is almost equidistance from the equator and the south pole). This is also where we further kicked off our day of thanks with pumpkin soup and rolls. Next it was off through the countryside with Fiordland set in our sights.

We pulled into our campsite as dusk was setting in, just in time to start preparing a feast. We had quite a spread, including a rotisserie chicken (masquerading as a turkey), mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, rolls, cranberry, beer – all the fixings for delicious “dinner rolls”. We set out to eat ourselves sick, a Thanksgiving tradition, and succeeded by following our feast with carrot cake and coffee. Lying on the seats with belly aches giggling like school girls, we felt proud of our NZ Thanksgiving. The food coma drifted us off to sleep easily.

We woke early as we had another big day planned. Our campsite was in Fiordland, but we were still a ways away from Milford Sound (although the views were already breathtaking). We planned on a 4-5 hour hike, but the weather was cloudy and rainy – a recipe for disaster on the steep cliffs. After banana french toast, we left for Milford. During the drive, you come to a point where you go straight through the mountain via Homer Tunnel. It feels like you are on the Matterhorn, and the views as you exit are otherworldly. The rain cascaded off the steep rock faces forming countless waterfalls all around you. Add to this the mystic feel of the mountains being shrouded in clouds and it is quite an experience. We spent time reading at a cafe in Milford before deciding to cut short our itinerary, do some short hikes and then head to Queenstown (weather forecast was for increasingly worse weather the next two days). We had leftover not Thanksgiving “dinner rolls” for lunch and then stopped by the Chasm, a location where soft and hard rock meet and the river has carved a huge waterfall through the soft rock. The sights and sounds of the sheer power of the water was awesome. Next, we stopped by peaceful Mirror Lakes before setting out to Queenstown.

Arriving in Queenstown, we knew we would love it. It has a definite ski town feel with a young vibe and a good nightlife. We checked into a holiday park in town so we could shower and then hit the town. We ended up at Fergburger, supposedly the best burger joint in Queenstown if not all of NZ (this could well be true), for a tasty burger and fries. We explored the town, happening on a sweet shop with creme brûlée fudge that was divine. It has been a great two days and we have a ton to be thankful for, even if it isn’t Thanksgiving for another week.

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  1. By Lester on August 22, 2014 at 9:33 pm

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    thanks for information!…

  2. By Ron on August 23, 2014 at 1:07 am

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    tnx….

  3. By Rodney on August 23, 2014 at 5:02 pm

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    tnx!!…

  4. By Anthony on August 23, 2014 at 11:00 pm

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    спс!…

  5. By Shane on August 23, 2014 at 11:28 pm

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    thanks!…

  6. By Tyrone on August 24, 2014 at 4:15 am

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    tnx!!…

  7. By mario on August 24, 2014 at 7:45 am

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    спасибо….

  8. By Maurice on August 26, 2014 at 3:52 pm

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    good….

  9. By kirk on August 26, 2014 at 8:09 pm

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    спс за инфу!!…

  10. By curtis on August 27, 2014 at 1:53 am

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    tnx!!…

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