Honestly we were going to keep track of 100 things we wanted to do while traveling. We make promises, and we break your ever-loving hearts by failing to do what we said we would do. Ultimately we DID end up with a list of 100 things we would try on our 2010-2011 trip, but on this most recent trip, we never even kept any sort of list. We could easily just make up a list now, but….uh, we don’t want to. Do not click here because there’s nothing to see.
Instead enjoy this random picture of ferns taken in Hokitika, New Zealand:
Why ferns? No idea. That is all.
We Stayed in the Beach Town of Hokitika.
Beach Picnic: Rosemary and Sea Salt Bread with Sundried Tomato, Basil, and Cream Cheese Dip. So Good.
We Headed Out of Town to the Hokitika Gorge. A Jungle Pathway Led to a Rickety Bridge Over Turquoise Water.
The Bridge Shakes Violently When You Walk on It. No More than Six People Are Allowed at One Time.
It’s Typically Cheaper to Buy a Two Liter Carton of Ice Cream than It Is to Buy Two Cones. Don’t Judge Us. We Have Done This Twice Now.
Beach at Sunset.
Fush ‘n’ Chups for Tea.
We Didn’t Get to Watch the Oscars Live, and Most Hostels Don’t Have Unlimited Internet. Our Solution? We Sat Outside the Hokitika Library at Night to Watch the Oscars Days Later. We Are Thankful for Free WiFi at New Zealand Libraries.
All you get is one story: we also went to a glowworm dell at night. Glowworms are amazing little creatures. We parked off the side of the road and walked up a pitch-black walkway. All of a sudden, the darkness is speckled by little lights that look like stars in the night sky. Absolutely amazing.
So you actually get two stories, though this one is more of an offshoot to Story #1. We also saw glowworms when we were by Franz Josef Glacier. We borrowed a flashlight (excuse us—TORCH) from the hostel and wandered up the road to where glowworms are said to hang out. The pathway led into forested darkness. Though we had a flashlight, it was kinda terrifying walking into jungle. We weren’t sure if we were in the right place, and the female of our pair wanted to head back. We saw two girls with flashlights across the road and knew they must be glowworm lovers too. We started chatting with these two Germans and made a pact to venture into parts unknown together. We started walking and could see a flashlight coming at us. An older couple had spotted glowworms a bit down the path. We continued our quest and ultimately spotted a trickle of glowworms. Since you’re supposed to turn your light off to see them better, we complied. There were only a few glowworms (much less than Hokitika), so we admired them for a few seconds and then turned the light back on. What we didn’t realize? A man taking pictures was standing in the dark right in front of us. Clearly he had his camera on long exposure, and we just ruined his shot. Whoops. Quite scary that this creepa was standing in the forest in absolute darkness. Hope he nabbed a good pic though!