the knitting ref

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Wow--Part II

Blankety-Blank-Blank Blooger is driving me crazy! Here's the rest of what I tried to get all in one first post:

Another wow was this Kea. They are the only non-tropical parrots that exist. We had been told they are extremely curious creatures, and this one lived up to billing. We had stopped at a pedestrian bridge over the river when the Hubster noticed a movement in the bushes. Very shortly, this little guy hopped out of the bushes, giving us the once over all the while. Since he wasn’t running back into the bush, we took the opportunity to give him the once over. And he was doing the same to us. After a bit, we started to head back to the car, and this little guy started following us. When we’d stop, he’d stop, and when we’d start walking again, so would he. Once we reached the car, he had to circle around it, checking everything out. It was so cute. When we got back to our lodgings, our hosts told us that Kea’s love shiny things. Fortunately our car didn’t have a lot of chrome on it, or we might have been in trouble.
After this drive, Queenstown was a bit of a let-down. Way, way, way too tourist-y for us. Reminded us of a ski town like Mammoth or Aspen. We spent a leisurely morning getting ourselves together before heading out. We went to a cove to check out the local lime kilns, then we headed up the mountain in the gondola, which did have some pretty spectacular views.

We also watched this crazy person (and no it’s not me or the Hubster) go bungy jumping. Other than that, it was a pretty laid back day.


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