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Dogs Days of Ouray

A personal blog from my hometown of Ouray, Colorado. It has somehow morphed into a psychotically obsessed mountain dogs blog!

Fiords!

What an absolutely amazing day. We took a tour to Doubtful Sound along the south west coast of New Zealand.

Despite what you may see in the photos, we had incredible weather. This area gets 8 meters of rain a year and it does rain 2 out of 3 days. Additionally, they were hit with torrential rains last night and this morning but somehow, someway the skies parted and the rains held out as we toured the fiords.

The misty clouds draped over the peaks only added to the majesty and beauty of it all. Just incredible.

It was quite the buses, boats and buses day but oh so worth it.

We even saw penguins … but the little effers kept diving for fish when I was close enough for a photo. Assholes.

No dolphins but, honestly, have seen those a ton. More fur seals though and that was fun.

After another kick ass dinner back in QUEENSTOWN (not Queensland which my dickish iPhone kept auto correcting and my traveling editor kept missing) and we’re off to bed before the long drive to CrossFit Christchurch tomorrow.

There’s probably other stuff to do there but hell if I know. That’s a Maureen problem and not a Craig problem.

NZ has been incredible and is a place to which we will definitely return but I will be grateful to be done with this breakneck pace. We’ve never traveled this fast and furious (we tend toward the slow and meandering). No regrets or complaints but I’ll be psyched to slow down once we hit Australia.

One last day ahead in NZ … it’ll be sad to go.

The bar has been set Australia. You’d better not disappoint!

Haast to Wanaka to Queenstown
What a day! The weather finally broke and while New Zealand is incredible at all times, we really got a taste of what it’s all about today.

It all started with this really weird yellowish orb up in the sky. It kind of hurt to look at and definitely made it easier to see things but was kind of scary. We weren’t sure if the apocalypse was coming or not.

But, it was pretty so we went with it.

After a quick workout at the camp in the morning, we cruised down to Haast Beach to check out the surf. Rugged and gorgeous. That’s NZ’s West Coast (not unlike NorCal and Oregon).

From there we ventured through rock slides and some of the most gorgeous valleys this side of Australia.

After a couple hours drive with heaps of pull-offs for photos and Chevy-Chase-in-Vacation-looking-at-the-Grand-Canyon moments, we arrived in our future hometown of Wanaka.

On a lake, surrounded by mountains, we were greeted with changing foliage and this odd blue above us. Seemed to go with the yellow orb but we can’t be sure.

After some strolls around Wanaka and a little food and shopping (new Ice Breaker pull over … woo hoo!), we headed out for Queensland.

Talk about culture shock. Holy shit. Busy, congested and bustling, Queenstown was all that NZ has not been for us thus far.

But, the hustle and bustle is totally understandable because it’s FREAKING GORGEOUS!

Surrounded by the Remarkables, Queensland is an adrenaline junkies heaven. Or herion, which is probably a more apt analogy. You can do all sorts of stupid shit here: bungee jump to your death; paraglide to your death; sky dive to your death; helicopter rides to your death; Queensland has it all!

Being the intense, live on the edge couple that we are, we took the gondola of safety to an unreal vantage point over looking Lake Wannamatanahalottawater and the Remarkables.

After a short hike in the hills, and several failed couplies (selfies for couples), we had our shot and headed down to stroll through the gardens and walk along the lake at dusk.

Embolden by vitamin D and the stunning views we headed into town for our best meal yet: gyoza, udon, and sushi. Yay!

Tomorrow we will head down to Doubtful Sound (tours only … no roads go there) for a day trip before heading back to Queensland for the night and some soaking in Japanese Spas!

Fox and Franz Joseph Glaciers
Today was a relatively slow day. We meandered down the west coast from Hokitika to the Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers a couple hours away.

The weather sucked but we were fortunate enough that we were still able to see the full glaciers. The landscape is absolutely gorgeous and surreal and other-worldly. Even in bad weather!

And as any Lord of the Rings fan can tell you, NZ really is Middle Earth. We kept seeing scenes from the movies in our heads as we walked along the trails.

But all was not fun and innocent.

The only bad/disgusting part of today was the amount of glacial retreat that has occurred in the past few years. The rate of recession is marked at several points along each glaciers trails and it’s disturbing.

But not to worry us humans (read: dumbfucks) have nothing to do with this. It’s all natural.

Glaciers totally recede several kilometers in 5-7 years. That exactly how geology works. Everything is done fast, like creating earth in 6 days and having one left over just to chill.

After finishing at the glaciers we began our trek to Wanaka/Queenstown but got shut out due to rock slides and such on the only route there (from the glaciers, that is). The road does reopen at 7:30 tomorrow, so we opted to hunker down in a small coastal town called Haast for the night at a great car park.

It’s kind of nice to chill and not be driving on wet, windy roads on this rainy night.

Pity the Internet sucks here (access that is). Wanted to steam a movie but that ain’t going to happen with these speeds.

Guess I’ll read.

Read?!?

Gross.

I feel dirty.

Always the Editor

Maureen just can’t stand an incompletely spelled word.

You’re welcome, Hokitika.

Always the Editor

Maureen just can’t stand an incompletely spelled word.

You’re welcome, Hokitika.

Tagged with:  #New Zealand  #hokitika

Sorry for the double posts. I keep forgetting to set the right blog as I go to publish .,. Internetting is hard.

crossfitter:

New Zealand Day 3:
Rainbows and Whinos!

We started our day in Blenheim, the heart of New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blanc wines.

After a little CrossFit for me and coffee for us both, we got Maureen to a vineyard post haste.

We hit Cloudy Bay and Saint Claire, both of which are stellar. The wine and food photo above (you’re welcome Rachel) is my paired tasting of food and wines. Delicious.

Saint Claire was just as good. But better. Why? We got a brief bit of sun and a rainbow.

Good food. Good wine. Rainbows. Hard to beat.

After this we, began the long drive down towards Franz Joseph Glacier, stopping in Hotitika, along the west coast, for the night.

Other than going to see the glow worms (kinda gross), it’s time to hit the sack. We’ve got hiking to do tomorrow … after another 600 mile drive (135 km).

The awesome folks at CrossFit Blenheim. What a wonderful crew. They were so welcoming and fun … despite kicking my ass.

NOW it’s a holiday :)

Warm Up
I
5 Min EMOM
5 Push Ups
5 Burpees
5 Push Ups

II
5 Minute EMOM
20 Wall Balls
(Did 75; avg. 15)

WOD
400 meter Sandbag Carry 30 kg

5x
42.5 kg
12 SDLP 
8 Front Squats
6 OH Lunge

400 meter Sandbag Carry 30 kg

For my American friends, 42.5 kg is, like, 225 lb. And 30 kg is, like, 275 lb.

I’m not only good at CrossFit, I’m a freaking math wiz!

The awesome folks at CrossFit Blenheim. What a wonderful crew. They were so welcoming and fun … despite kicking my ass.

NOW it’s a holiday :)

Warm Up
I
5 Min EMOM
5 Push Ups
5 Burpees
5 Push Ups

II
5 Minute EMOM
20 Wall Balls
(Did 75; avg. 15)

WOD 400 meter Sandbag Carry 30 kg

5x
42.5 kg
12 SDLP
8 Front Squats
6 OH Lunge

400 meter Sandbag Carry 30 kg

For my American friends, 42.5 kg is, like, 225 lb. And 30 kg is, like, 275 lb.

I’m not only good at CrossFit, I’m a freaking math wiz!