#25 - craziest driving experiene from franz josef to wanaka
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*****DAY THIRTY EIGHT (Friday, January 9, 2009) - HOLY *&@#& - CRAZIEST RIDE!!! followed by AMAZING Wanaka*****
I got up early (not surprising since I went to bed so early!), had my breakie & headed out towards Wanaka. And wouldn't you know it - I forgot to charge my iPod again! AH!!! Another day of singing random songs!!
Anyway, I'm SOOO glad I got up early because the day turned pretty quickly. I was able to do the walk around Lake Matheson before it started to rain (I saw some reflections but - I didn't get to see the awesome reflection of Mt. Cook though that you see in tons of pictures! Oh well! I'll buy a postcard I guess.
When I decided I couldn't take the driving anymore, I decided I was going to pull over at the next possible stop. It's not like there are lots of stops along the road, so I was praying that one would come up soon! When I saw the Salmon Farm, I was SO excited! I pulled in and sat in my car for awhile debating how I was going to get to my raincoat in the boot (that's the trunk) of the car without getting drenched. When I realized I was pretty much doomed, I just ran as fast as I could into the Salmon Farm.
As I walked in, I immediately ran into two other Americans. I think I said something about the rain and the woman asked me right away, "Where are you from in the States"? They were so nice and asked me to join them for lunch.
So, I got back in the car and braved the rain again. It really was the craziest drive EVER. When I FINALLY got to Lake Hawea and saw the sun shining, I can't tell you how happy I was! :) And then, when I pulled into Wanaka it was PERFECT.
I checked into my hostel at Fern Lodge and decided I needed to go out and get a drink! First of all, I have to explain my hostel...it was the most BASIC accomodation. I was in my own room for TWENTY FIVE NZD. SO cheap - that's like $13ish a night! All I had was a little twin bed & a concrete block with a piece of wood on it for a table next to the bed. There was another room with bunk beds next to me & our two rooms shared a common area w/a t.v., frig, microwave & a bathroom. At first I thought it was kind of gross - but I actually learned to love it really quickly. It was PERFECT & it was fun to have a little more quiet & privacy than some other hostels.
Ok - so I headed into town and sat myself down at a table outside the Speight's Ale House. The sun was shining (it stays light until about 9pm!) and it was just so gorgeous out! I orderd a glass of wine and just happily sat there by myself. There was a couple sitting next to me & I could see they were trying to take a picture of themselves with the lake in the background, so I offered to take their picture. Well, all I have to say is that the night took off from there. They were the nicest couple - Ronan and Emer from Ireland. The fact that their from Ireland should give away where the night was headed. We proceeded to order more & more wine! (And yes, we were drinking Sheep Shagger's wine) We proceeded to close out the bar and as they walked me home, we got to take some jumping pictures...you know how I love those.
Such a great first night in Wanaka - and thank god I made it here in all that rain!!!