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24 Mar 2014

Guided canyoneering through the Leaping Burn was our big splurge of the trip—and worth every penny.

Each cascade was more spectacular than the one before it, all the way back down to the valley floor.

My record is 10 minutes before lunging for the mute button.

30 Mar 2014


Sunrise over the Remarkables in Queenstown, NZ

24 Mar 2014

Wifebeater Falls in the Leaping Burn Canyon.

24 Mar 2014

Sneaking up on the first jump into the Leaping Burn

24 Mar 2014

The advertisements for the canyoneering tour omitted the part about the scramble up the mountainside to kick off the day.  My first inkling of the climb didn’t come until our guide Millie stopped the jeep in the middle of the sheep pasture and said “It’s a bit of a bush bash from here.”

Luckily they had a rocking pair of shorts to loan to the spousal unit.

Just another Saturday in Castlewood

24 Mar 2014

First morning sun in the West Matukituki Valley

Bighorn sheep with little horns.

First pilgrimage of the year to Lenny’s Rest after work yesterday.

The juvenile bighorn sheep were too busy knocking heads to pay attention to anybody else while the adults lounged in the shade 50 yards away and pretended not to be associated with the feisty young ones.