Shutting the Blog Down

Hey everyone,

It has been a few weeks since I have posted.  Not too much has been going on, I am just near Christchurch trying to sell my van and heading back soon.

I told myself I would try out the blog for the NZ trip and see how it went.

I have always been apathetic towards social media, and I don’t know why I thought this would be different.  I thought getting on social media and posting would feel less like a chore or work this way, but that is not the case.

Too many times I found myself feeling like I needed to post something, when I much rather would have spent the time hanging out with other people at the campsites, playing soccer, or playing guitar.  I enjoy writing, but this was not the outlet for me.

I also really don’t enjoy taking photos.  The photos never capture what is truly there, and there are hundreds of better photos of the same things on google images already.  I also have yet to look back on photos from the past more than once every few years.

I thought I would like travel blogging, but after being in New Zealand that is not the case.  A large amount of travel bloggers are successful by posting the “hidden gems” and places you should go.  After seeing how widespread travel has become, I would never post about the places I truly love.  Many of the places that once held magic are now overrun.  The places I have posted about are already at that point, but so many people have already posted them as well.  Travel has changed quite a bit, even in the last ten or so years I have been doing it, and I don’t like the direction it is heading.

Thank you all for the time you spent reading what I posted.  If you would like to stay up to date with what is going on in my life, just give me a call!  I love hearing from people, especially when you can hear their voices.

Thanks,

Neil

 

Arthur’s Pass and Abandoned Ski Resorts

The rain didn’t stop me from getting in a few good hikes in Arthur’s Pass.

The Devil’s Punchbowl is a quick walk from the small town. You can see it in the distance as you start the walk, and slowly inch closer until you reach the final viewpoint.

Up the road a few kms is another hike you can do that leads up to a ski resort. The rain pelted me the whole way up. The wind grew stronger and stronger. The path paused at the ski resort, and continued behind up another hill. Part of the hill required you to use a rope to pull yourself up. The path went along the side of a cliff, and eventually led to another abandoned building.

I didn’t see anyone else the entire hike, which made the creepy atmosphere even more disconcerting.

Castle Hill and Cave Walking

I had a quick jaunt up to an observatory in Tekapo.

Afterwards, I made my way to Castle Hill. This spot is known for its great bouldering, though not much was happening the weekday I was there.

There were, however, large boulders spread out.

A few kilometers north of there, there is a half a kilometer long cave you can walk through. You start at the bottom of a stream in waist-high water, and make your way in pitch-black upwards and against the stream. The walk is pretty relaxing, but there are two points you have to shimmy up opposing walls.

I did not heed the recommendation to have your hands free, so I struggled a bit with this part. I had a brief second where I thought I would be trapped underground forever, but then it passed.

Some nice Germans took my picture before I went in, as I was trying to put my hands in my zipped pockets.

Good times.

Mt. Cook

I arrived to the campsite around 1pm and snagged one of the last few spots remaining.

The holiday season is a busy time for beautiful places in New Zealand.

I had two days here, and managed to do most of the hikes in the area.

My favorite of these was up to Mueller Hut. My phone died on the way up, but I did manage to get a few pictures before then.

Some Austrians I met on the way up have promised to send me our summit photo.

Here is the tarn halfway up

There is also a relaxing walk to a lake that offers good views of the mountains.

This is probably the most striking area I have seen in New Zealand.

I’m working my way towards Christchurch with a few more stops planned. I have been pretty unmotivated to write blog posts, as I have been meeting a lot of cool people at the campgrounds, and it is hard to use time writing I could be spending hanging out with new friends.

That said, new posts will still be going up on library days.

Be well!

Chasin’ Waterfalls

I regretted climbing to the top of a waterfall when I saw an older, portly gentlemen try to follow me in treadless sneakers. Luckily, his instincts for self-preservation overpowered his curiosity.

The string of waterfalls made for a nice, relaxing day.

The waterfalls weren’t even the best part of the week. My friend told me about a forest not far from the campsite.

There was no one on the path, and the trail was a narrow, winding route through the forest.

I also booked my flights back to the States! I have about a month to make it to Christchurch and sell my van.

It seems like this trip has been going by so quickly.