Sunday, January 13, 2008

Happy New Year

On 31 December 2007, we hiked through a lush rain forest to reach the toe of Fox Glacier. We even climbed a bit on the glacier.

Afterwards, we drove to Lake Wanaka. New Year's Eve in Wanaka is like spring break. It was a madhouse full of adolescent and young adult mating rituals. Luckily, the young people left after sleeping off their hangovers and we had a lovely New Year Day enjoying the lake.

Notice that my child has her back turned to the lovely scenery and her nose buried in a book.

I used to think that the cutest, most empathic and perceptive pharmacist in the world is Jeff at the Redondo Beach Target. However, John at the Aspiring Pharmacy at Wanaka comes pretty close. (Mt. Aspiring looms over Lake Wanaka and the town of Wanaka is the gateway to Mt. Aspiring National Park.)

I started out our trip sick and got sicker, despite the stash of drugs that my doctor and I had prepared for most common ailments that beset me. We all enjoyed our 20 days in New Zealand tremendously. Stay tuned for more photos of scenery and food.


  1. Ooooh! I love the glacier photos! Welcome back! I'm amazed that you had time for knitting.

  2. Sorry you were ill during the trip. The scenery looks breathtaking and I hope you managed to enjoy it anyway.

  3. Thanks for the concern. Even if I were at home, I would probably be sick 30-50% of the time during cold and flu season anyway. I still enjoyed the trip, challenges and all.

    Truth be told, Iris was more of a challenge than my health. But that is a whole 'nother story.


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