15 Feb 2016

Over The Mtn's & Thru The Woods - NZL 作者:valeriepeltier

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After a 3 and a half hour bus ride, and a well needed rest stop, we made it to Lake Tekapo. The entire ride my eyes were glued to the window watching the fields, hillside and eventually mountains pass by as we drove closer and closer. Many of the pastures were spotted with sheep roaming the hillside, others with dairy cows and horses.
When we got off the bus next to a strip of stores we grabbed our bags and got our bearings. After about a 20 minute walk along the lakeside, we arrived at the lake Tekapo motel and holiday park reception.
As soon as we were set up we grabbed lunch and our swimming suits and walked across the path to the beach. I had finished lunch first so I wandered down to the water to test the temperature and immediately knew that Lauren was not going to be swimming. Since the lake is glacier fed it was a little on the chilly side. I went in anyways walking in quickly not to let my body have time to react to the cold and only stayed in for a few minutes. It was nice once you were in and very refreshing. The water was so blue and clear, comparable to blue koolaid. I know get it why they call it "pure New Zealand".

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On our drive into Tekapo, the bus had passed a nice walking bridge over the river flowing into the mouth of the lake.
We figured we would start with the bridge and explore from there. Before we reached the bridge Lauren spotted a stone church out on the peninsula, so we added it into our must see things while we were here.
Around the next corner past the strip of stores the path turned and led us towards the bridge we had saw earlier.
From the center of the bridge you could see the entire mountain range surrounding the lake with the church sitting just off to the right side below. We took a few pictures on the bridge trying to dodge the people that were passing through at the same time.

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The cutest church i have seen yet.

The stonework on the church is still the original stone work, holding a true piece of history intact. Upon entering the church there is a sign that stated enter at your own risk, although considering the time frame it has been standing for the church was still in good standing.
The landscape paired with the church made for a gorgeous photograph, that is if you could be patient enough to wait for 3 tour busses full of people to get out of the way.
We waited around a little trying to crop our photos in order to not have a group of random people in them, but instead decided that we would come back in the evening closer to golden hour and try and get some photos hoping that there would be less people.

Our plan kind of worked and we were able to get a few photos but there was still quite a few people there so by the time we got our photo the sun had disappeared behind the clouds.

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My first trail ever that i have completed bare foot!
With the intention of only wandering into the forest a little ways of course with me turned into lets go further, to where the lookout is. Instead of going for the full hour and a half loop, we walked as far as the first scenic lookout then turning back to start in on dinner.

The pathway was soft with a mixture of sand, pine needles and a few stones here and there. The trees were mostly pine and spruce, with straight tall trunks reaching high up into the sky. The forest was cool and calming with very little noise other than the wind and the odd person passing by. I had a few comments, both from older men on my barefoot tramping (hiking), stating how brave or how cool it was to see. For me it was my way of trying to connect with nature on a new level and to try something new. It was overall an enjoyable adventure and I would definitely walk barefoot again as long as the terrain is conducive.