Day 13: Abel Tasmen Part 3 of 4 (20ish miles)

To the boys’ delight, we had another tide crossing in the morning. We didn’t have to wake up as early so it was super nice being able to sleep in in the warm hut. We took it a bit slower today since everyone was super sore and blistered up. The tide crossing took longer and was a little more difficult, but we got through it! We stopped at Mutton Cove and took 30 minutes to rest up and eat lunch. After lunch we continued the track, which for a moment, wasn’t really a path. We had to climb over some…

Day 12: Abel Tasmen Part 2 of 4 (14 miles)

Waking up at 5am wasn’t too bad when Cody set the alarm tone to the Lion King. Safe to say we all woke up laughing . We quickly packed our things, handed out granola bars, and headed to the bay to cross. Passing low tides was one of my most favorite and memorable experiences. I reckon we all thought it would be really easy to walk across and that we’d be stepping on soft sand. Nah. We walked on broken shells and rocks. Cody described it as walking on legos. Poor guy had to cross with blisters on his feet….

Day 11: Abel Tasmen Part 1 of 4 (8 miles)

After breakfast, we drove to the Abel Tasmen information center to figure out our plans for the backpacking trip. We decided to start the trip a day early since we didn’t have any other plans for the day. We quickly gathered supplies and had a fast grilled cheese and tomato soup lunch before heading to the trail. The Abel Tasmen runs alongside the coast so it wasn’t difficult. They say people should complete the track between 3-5 days but we ended up having to do the entire track (40 ish miles) in 2.5 days. More on that to come later….

Day 10: Pancake Rocks and Hot Springs

The next morning we drove over to see the Pancake Rocks and blowholes. No one knows why the rocks are formed like this which makes them so much more fascinating. Unfortunately, it starting pouring rain so I couldn’t get as many pictures as I wanted too. Either way, it was so cool to see. I didn’t know they existed until this trip! Since the rain made it impossible to do much of anything, we decided to drive to Marcia Hot Springs. It was an hour and a half out the way but it was well worth it. The drive itself…

Day 9: Fox Glacier and Beer

We planned on spending this day exploring Fox Glaciers, but the weather decided otherwise. We managed to get a glimpse of the top but it was still a bit upsetting not being able to see more. We did do a small thirty minute hike through the rain in attempt to see the Glaciers. Since we couldn’t really do all much, we decided to drive to Greymouth and tour Monteith’s Brewery. I’m not the biggest beer fan but it still was really fun learning about how beer is made. Once everyone warmed up, we drove to a campsite near Pancake Rocks…

Day 8: Blue Pools and Beaches

It took us some time getting ready the next morning after a night out, but thankfully we had a chance to take another hot shower and have a full breakfast. Jessi and I had some fun making pancake art and eggs while the boys cleaned up Jucy. Cody got a bit cranky cleaning up the instant coffee that spilled in the cabinets. Getting dried coffee off of Jucy was definitely the biggest struggle of our trip! After we finished our breakfast, we drove back to Wanaka and found the famous Wanaka Tree. Finally seeing the Wanaka Tree was, for me…

Day 7: Skiing, Snowboarding, and Showers

The boys were so excited to start their runs so we headed up to Cardrona early in the morning. The drive was slightly terrifying. Jucy had a bit of a tough time going up the snowy mountain. I kept my head buried in my pillow until we got to the top. This day was so relaxing and it was great to see the boys have a great time skiing and snowboarding. While the boys were out on the slopes, Jessi and I spent our time journaling, sketching, and reading. We also spent some time watching people finish their runs. We…