Good night from the side of a volcano

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To say that gale force winds battered the Kiwi coast would be a bit of an understatement.

Up until today, the weather has been absolutely amazing and beautiful, both in Australia and here in New Zealand.  Today (at least temporarily) our fortunes have turned.  We arrived a few hours ago at the Tongariro National Park, in which three active volcanoes sit: Mounts Ruapehy, Ngaruhoe, and Tongariro.  The Tongariro Crossing is a long day-hike that is largely considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. 

Just one bit of trouble -- the rain and winds today might as well have been from a hurricane.  Forecasters consistently have used the words "gale force winds," and trust me, from the howling and blowing, none of us disagrees with the weather-powers-that-be.  Torrential sheets of rain and extraordinarily powerful winds that make your clothes billow like one of those poor Weather Channel personalities on location at some beach where a tropical storm is most certainly bound.  We couldn't go on any of the walking paths, so today we have just chilled... a slow pace, relaxing by the fire in a ski lodge.

And speaking of skiing... there is a hig likelihood that we will have snow here in the morning.  Fun, fun.  I can't believe it's over 90 in Atlanta!!  :)

More later...

Chris

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A waterfall en route to Mt Ruapehu
A waterfall en route to Mt Ruapehu
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The Kiwi countryside.
The Kiwi countryside.
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