“The mountains are calling and I must go” said John Muir. I always feel this pull, a curiosity and desire, to explore the mountains which is a huge reason I find myself in New Zealand right now. There’s something about the the wildness of forests and mountains that makes me feel more free and full of life. So I knew I had to venture to the South Island in winter to witness the majestic Southern Alps coated in snow.
Categories: New Zealand
Tags: Blue Pools, Cardrona, Cardrona Hotel, hike, hiking, lake, Lake Wanaka, Lone Tree, Mount Aspiring, Mount Aspiring National Park, mountains, New Zealand, Queenstown, road trip, ski, snow, snowboard, South Island, That Wanaka Tree, Treble Cone, Treble Cone Ski Resort, Wanaka, Wanaka Tree
My first New Zealand road trip is in the books! Our group drove the four hours north to the resort town of Taupo, an adventurers paradise located on the shore of Lake Taupo. We spent Saturday and Sunday exploring the lake, waterfalls, geothermal fields and hot springs! Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake and feeds the Waikato River which flows over Huka Falls. We were also treated views of the active volcanoes of Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe (aka Mount Doom from the Lord of the Rings films) from the lake and we had beautiful Autumn weather all weekend. The most popular thing to do in the area is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, but I’m still working up to be in shape for that all day hike!
Categories: New Zealand
Tags: Craters of the Moon, falls, geothermal, geothermal field, hike, hiking, hot spring, Huka, Huka Falls, Huka Falls Spa Park Walk, lake, Lake Taupo, Maori, Maori Rock Carvings, New Zealand, North Island, river, road trip, rock carvings, spa park, steam, swimming, Taupo, thermal spring, Waikato River, waterfall
I’m a Missouri girl always…even if my birth certificate says “Kansas” and my driver’s license says “California”.
With Labor Day weekend upon us, this is the unofficial last weekend of summer. School has or is starting, vacations are concluding, and the last of the barbeque parties are rolling out this weekend. Therefore, I’m saying farewell to summer with a post about my home-state’s quintessential summer weekend getaway.
In Missouri when people say they are “going to the lake” it means only one thing: the Lake of the Ozarks, which is probably Missouri’s most popular summer destination for local Missourians and neighboring states. The Lake of the Ozarks is a beautiful and large lake set in the lush Ozark region of southern Missouri that has grown into quite the tourist destination for Missourians and neighboring states. (Side fact: Missouri is tied with Tennessee for most neighboring states; each has eight.)
The Gravois arm of the Lake of the Ozarks…our neck of the woods. 🙂
Tags: Boonville, Bothwell, Bothwell Lodge, Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site, castle, Gravois Mills, Ha Ha Tonka, Ha Ha Tonka State Park, hike, lake, Lake of the Ozarks, mansion, natural bridge, ozarks, Ravenswood, Sedalia, Seven Springs Winery, summer, Tipton, winery