- Adjust to local time zone
- Stop converting things to "American money"
- Clean apartment after luggage "throws up on living room"
- Sort out trip finances - i.e. I spent how much?
- Pick out pictures and share trip stories via blog, facebook, and awesome slide shows
Don't get me wrong, my trip was GREAT, but I also can't help but feeling like New Zealand hates me a little. At the very least, the weather gods are clearly out to get me. RECORD rainfall in New Zealand while I was there - FOUR TIMES the monthly annual average! I've got to look on the bright side - at least I experienced history right? - and now I'll just have to go back and do it all over!
I do have some good pictures, and I'm coming up with blog theme ideas to be able to share them. To tide you over in the meantime, check out this blog from Inspiring Travelers about the Tongariro Crossing on the North Island (thanks to Ryan Thurston for finding this for me). This epic one-day trek takes you past Mt. Ngauruhoe, also known as Mt. Doom from the Lord of the Rings and then onto the iconic Emerald Lakes. I did this hike, and even hiked to the top of Mt. Ngauruhoe and skreed (slid down the mountain on my feet - look for another blog on this topic soon) to the bottom, but by the time I got to the Emerald Lakes the fog was so thick I couldn't even see them, and I was mere feet away. That's kind of the story of my trip.
Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but I am working on some stuff to put a more positive spin on things, so check back soon! And to leave you with something to smile about this Monday morning, check out this shot of the Pacific Northwest's own Rogue Brew.