#49 - hanging with mama peeps in hanmer springs

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The hot springs! You know how I love to pamper myself. :)

*****TUES, FEB 3rd cont... - Meeting up with Mama Peeps in Hanmer Springs*****

The drive from Kaikoura to Hanmer Springs was really stunning.  Lots of windy roads through gorgeous hills...I stopped to take a couple pictures, but it's just so hard to really capture how it looks & feels.   The 2 hour drive actually went very quickly...I had some awesome music playing (you know - Sister Christian, September, Oh What A Night, Rich Girl - that's what I call awesome music) and I just have really enjoyed driving through this country.  Oh - one thing I don't think I mentioned....I'm now down 2 hubcaps.  I'm not quite sure where I lost the oher one.

Deborah (a.k.a. Lizzie's mom, a.k.a. Mama Peeps), Nancy & Tim - all staying at the Riverview Lodge
...we think it may have happened in Christchurch when I had to make a U-turn and kind of bumped into the curb.  Not sure.  Anyway - I'm still feeling pretty good that all I've done is lost 2 hubcaps (knock on wood!!!)

I went into the Hanmer iSite to buy a fishing license for tomorrow.  I'm going to go fishing with Deborah Callard, a.ka. Lizzie's mom, a.k.a. Mama Peeps.  :)  Then, I saw that the Hanmer Thermal hot springs were RIGHT next to the iSite - so I decided to head on in.  I thought I'd just hang out for a couple hours before I met up with Lizzie's mom. 

The hot pools were kind of like the pools that we swam in at Wally World (Lyndee, Lisa, Joanna, Megan - do you remember those?!?).

The sun setting outside Riverview Ranch in Hanmer Springs.
  Anyway, basically a bunch of hot thermal pools.  I went to one that was 40 degrees.  (I took a picture of all the pools with the temperatures on them just for you Dad!) 

Then the most BRIAZZ thing happened.  I went into the spa they have there just to see if they had any more massages available for the day.  It was 4pm.  They said they only had 1 more and it was at 5pm.  SIGN ME UP!!!  Also, it was $90 for 60 minutes...that's $45!  I know in Thailand it's going to be MUCH cheaper than that - but for now, that sounded great to me!  So, I hung out in the pools for an hour & then got an AWESOME massage.  After my massage, I was so excited to shower there & use all the cool products they had.  Also, they had so many towels!!!  That's one thing you don't get a ton of traveling around so it felt very luxurious to use TWO towels!  :)  Ah - the little things!

I then headed over to Riverview (where Mama Peeps is staying).

The whole crew for dinner...going around from left to right -that's Robin in front (owner of Riverview and the NICEST woman!!), John (Deborah's guide, Tim, John (Robin's husband - other owner), Nancy & Mama Peeps!
  Oh my god!  It is the coolest place ever.  I guess it's kind of like a B & B - but it's more than that.  I think they make all your meals for you & they have fishing guides.  Mama Peeps was out with her guide, John, when I arrived - so I ended up meeting Nancy & Tim, another couple staying here.  And Robin & John - the couple who owns the place.  And Oliver, the German chef (he's been traveling the world for 4 yrs & stops & does his chef thing & then travels on).   Oliver showed me to my room & I almost cried when I saw it!  It is SOOO nice.  And Robin told me that she'd give me a special deal since I was back-packing!  SOOOO nice.

When Mama Peeps came back, we all sat around with a glass of wine & some chips & just chatted for awhile before dinner.

DESSERT!!! WOW. I think I gained 5 pounds with this one meal. YUM!
  Next thing you know, I am sitting down to a DELICIOUS dinner at the dining room table with the whole crew that is staying here.  WOW - we had a pumpkin risotto with paremesan crisps, wild pork with mashed potatoes & veggies from the garden, and then this ridiculous Austrian plum dessert thingy.  Lizard, you know how I love to talk about the food!  And I've got pictures for you too!  :) It was such a lovely meal & so wonderful to get to chat with everyone. 

And did I mention the setting?!?  They have a deck with Adirondack chairs (my favorite!) overlooking the most gorgeous bit of land with an amazing backdrop of mountains.  I took some pictures at that time of night when the light is really cool, so I'll get those uploaded soon.

John & Mama Peeps
  AND they have the 2 cutest dogs - Jade & Clyde.  I'll have to get a picture of them tomorrow.

I'm now off to bed!  I'm excited for my day of fishing with Mama Peeps & John!

*****WED, Feb 4th- GONE FISHING!*****

I had a GREAT night sleep in my fabulously big bed & got up to a delicious breakfast.  This place is ridiculous - they have all this great stuff for brekkie on the table & then you can specially order stuff with Oliver.  He made me pancakes with bacon & I added a little banana to the mix.  Such a great combo, really!  

After brekkie, we got all sorted to go fishing!!!  Mama Peeps was so awesome for inviting me to join - I was very excited to get a little taste of fly fishing.

Me & Mama Peeps out fishing!
  She had booked 5 days with her guide, John, & I was lucky to be able to join her for one of those days.  We hopped into a jeep & we were off.  We were in a car with Tim & the other John as well as we went WAY off-roading....I mean, we literally drove through streams to get to where we were going.  We saw a BUNCH of cows & even three wild pigs on the way out there!

We were out fishing from about 10:30 - 4:30.  It was beautiful country & was really nice to just be outside.  I do have to say, it wasn't the warmest or driest day out there.  We definitely got drizzled upon & we waded through a lot of water, so my feet were good & soaked for the whole day.  It was so great though....they definitely got me set up with the gear that I needed.

I borrowed the polarized glasses, hat & jacket from John at Riverview. Nice shades, huh?
...I borrowed boots & socks from M.P. & then John (the owner of Riverview) got me a hat, polarized sunnies & a big green waterproof jacket & the John (the guide) had a reel for me!  It all came together so well!

I spent most of the day learning a lot about fly fishing & watching Mama Peeps cast.  It was actually quite exciting at times....there was one cast where I watched the fly go out & get chomped on by a fish.  It was great!  She had it on the line for awhile, but unfortunately they weren't able to "land it" (look at all these terms I learned - impressive, huh?)  Turns out there were a ton of rocks downstream & once a fish gets itself wrapped around that, the line typically breaks.  That's what happened.

I love this shot of Mama Peeps casting & of John waiting with his net to catch the fish!
Such a bummer!!!

I did get to cast a few times & it was FUN!  I think I did pretty well too.  Except for the time I was casting into the wind & it looked like the fly was coming straight back at me.  That was a bit frightening!

At 4:30ish, we called it a day & started heading back to Riverview.  We got a bit of a laugh when we passes a bunch of cows with a HUGE bull.  As we drove by, the bull had this kind of crazy-eyed look on it's face...and then we realzied what was going on.  As Mama Peeps put it, "the bull was making nice to the cow".  It was SO funny & for some reason it just hit me & I couldn't stop laughing. 

It was such a treat to get to hang out with Lizzie's mom!  I'm so thankful for the experience & we just had so much fun!

When we got back to Riverview, I was so excited to get in the shower & warm up!  Robin was SO nice and she offered for me to stay again instead of driving on that night.

Yes - that's me fly fishing! Wooo hooo!!!
  They didn't have an extra room that night because the other guests were back from their fishing/camping/overnight adventure - but she gave me a sleeping bag & I got all set up on an extra bed that they had in the pool room.  It was really perfect. 

So, I was going to be there for one more night which meant I was going to have the pleasure of dining there once again!  We all had some wine, some yummy apps that Oliver had pulled together & shared fishing stories.  And then there was DINNER. Again, it was unbelievably delicious & beautifully presented.  We started with smoked salmon on a yummy chip thingy & guacamole.  Then, dinner was this scrumptous lasagna.  It was in this tomato sauce that I just could not get enough of.

Oliver & his delicious dessert....some yummy sweet dough thing (looked like a matzah ball) with cherries (freshly picked by Robing & John in Bleinem)
...definitely had cream in it I'm sure....of couse why it was so yummy!  Then, for dessert another doughy, sweet, yummy concoction.  It had a German sounding name that I don't remember - but I do remember that it was delicious!  (how many times have I written that word when talking about the food I've had here?)

Anyway!  I think everyone was pretty wiped out from the day, so we all went to bed pretty much straight after dinner.  I have had such a LOVELY time staying here.  I really can't say enough wonderful things about Riverview and Robin & John (the owners)!!!  They really do such a first class job.  Kendra & Arthur (or anyone else for that matter!), if you are thinking of fishing on the South Island - definitely check them out!!!  I think you'd love it!

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The hot springs!  You know how I l…
The hot springs! You know how I …
Deborah (a.k.a. Lizzies mom, a.k.…
Deborah (a.k.a. Lizzie's mom, a.k…
The sun setting outside Riverview …
The sun setting outside Riverview…
The whole crew for dinner...going …
The whole crew for dinner...going…
DESSERT!!!  WOW.  I think I gained…
DESSERT!!! WOW. I think I gaine…
John & Mama Peeps
John & Mama Peeps
Me & Mama Peeps out fishing!
Me & Mama Peeps out fishing!
I borrowed the polarized glasses, …
I borrowed the polarized glasses,…
I love this shot of Mama Peeps cas…
I love this shot of Mama Peeps ca…
Yes - thats me fly fishing!  Wooo…
Yes - that's me fly fishing! Woo…
Oliver & his delicious dessert....…
Oliver & his delicious dessert...…
Yes, thats me in my white robe af…
Yes, that's me in my white robe a…
Dad - here are the temperatures of…
Dad - here are the temperatures o…
I love how they call bathing suits…
I love how they call bathing suit…
My room at Riverview!!!  This was …
My room at Riverview!!! This was…
The view from my room.  Seriously?…
The view from my room. Seriously…
The deck outside Riverview.  SOOO …
The deck outside Riverview. SOOO…
Our appetizer!  Pumpkin risotto wi…
Our appetizer! Pumpkin risotto w…
The chef extraordinaire, Oliver, f…
The chef extraordinaire, Oliver, …
Wild pork! (yes, Im not kosher) w…
Wild pork! (yes, I'm not kosher) …
Oops - I took 2 pictures & uploade…
Oops - I took 2 pictures & upload…
Oliver, plating the meal!
Oliver, plating the meal!
More of the incredible view.
More of the incredible view.
Even more of the incredible view.
Even more of the incredible view.
Thats Tim with all his gear ready…
That's Tim with all his gear read…
John & Mama Peeps on the Hope Rive…
John & Mama Peeps on the Hope Riv…
We were out in the middle of nowhe…
We were out in the middle of nowh…
Mama Peeps untangling her line.
Mama Peeps untangling her line.
More casting by Mama Peeps.
More casting by Mama Peeps.
Those sunnies just crack me up!
Those sunnies just crack me up!
More of John & Mama Peeps!
More of John & Mama Peeps!
They caught a tree-fish!
They caught a tree-fish!
Some pretty flowers along the rive…
Some pretty flowers along the riv…
I will call this one the bee & the…
I will call this one the bee & th…
Boots, courtesy of Mama Peeps & fi…
Boots, courtesy of Mama Peeps & f…
Mama Peeps!
Mama Peeps!
John!
John!
Cows crossing the river!
Cows crossing the river!
Self-portrait.  :)
Self-portrait. :)
Appetizer for dinner!  OMG.  Smoke…
Appetizer for dinner! OMG. Smok…
The most delicious lasagna on vegg…
The most delicious lasagna on veg…
Did I mention I probably gained 5 …
Did I mention I probably gained 5…
Hanmer Springs
photo by: Besandri