More Amazing Kiwi Hospitality. March 28 – 31, 2016
I have been back in the USA for almost 2 months. It is way past time to finish up my New Zealand blog. And it’s almost time to start some new adventures. More about that later.
From Mt Cook I hitched to Fairlie where I stayed with E and Andy again. I just love hanging out in their home. We went to the local A & P Show (Agricultural and Pastoral). It was like an American county fair. We watched a sheep shearing contest and some wood chopping contests. As a retired dentist I was especially interested in the candy floss which we Americans call cotton candy.
I took a bus to Christchurch and was again hosted by the women I met at Nelson Lakes National Park. They all work but made time to cook a great dinner and visit with me. Thanks Jess, Cass, Harriet and Jen.
The next morning I flew back to Wellington on the North Island. I stayed 2 nights with Alison and Kiwi. I met Kiwi on the PCT in 2010, which he finished on his 69th birthday. They also hosted my brother and me in 2011. We stopped by to see Moa (also from PCT 2010) at a family picnic.
Both Kiwi and Moa are very involved with the Wellington board of the Te Araroa Trust. They have been putting in countless hours getting ready for a new section of trail to open. Next week is the grand opening of 10 kilometers of new track which will eliminate another portion of busy highway walking. It is mind boggling to contemplate how many hours goes into each kilometer of the Te Araroa. I give a huge thank you to all involved.
I really hope that someday some of these generous people visit me in the United States so I can repay some of their kindness.