2007 - Adventure Down Under

November 21, 2007–February 13, 2008

Ann Marie on Queenstown

February 13, 2008
Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
Ann Marie has just update her blog with photos and impressions of Queenstown, New Zealand. moseying-along.blogspot.com And check out her pictures

More Canyoning

December 26, 2007
Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
Merry Christmas to everyone! I need a break from the Guitar Hero we’ve been playing all day, and we’re waiting on my dad’s prime rib to finish cooking, so I figured this would be a good time to wrap up my NZ posts. As I said last time, I enjoyed the previous day’s canyoning, that I couldn’t help but sign up for another day. This day’s venue was Routeburn Canyon… Read more


December 22, 2007
Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in airports lately: ORD, ATL, LAX, MEL, SYD, ZQN, AKL, MDW, and soon LHR all within about a month. And now I’m stuck at O'Hare with a three hour delay leaving me time for another post. I’m almost caught up here… Read more

Wanderlust Got Me Again

December 20, 2007
I know many of you have been confused about me being back home. I am, in fact, back in Chicago. I’ve actually been home for about a week, but as I haven’t exactly been happy about being back to work and winter… Read more

Glacier Surfing

December 19, 2007
Milford Sound, Southland, New Zealand
awe·some (\ˈȯ-səm) adj. 1. Inspiring awe awe (ô) n. 1. A mixed emotion of reverence, respect, dread, and wonder inspired by authority, genius, great beauty, sublimity, or might (I had no idea dread was in there, but we’ll leave that out for my definition) After spending the morning inside the awesome Milford Sound, the road back to Queenstown began. On the road back… Read more

Milford Sound

December 17, 2007
Milford Sound, Southland, New Zealand
You’d think after a while I’d get tired of looking at awesome stuff, but New Zealand doesn’t let you stop. It’s like you and God are battling it out in an endurance match. He’s trying to see how much beauty you can take and still go back home. The next morning we woke up early in Te Anau. We had a 9:30am ferry ride and we were two hours away. Unfortunately… Read more

The Rest of the Birthday

December 14, 2007
Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
I must concede that the rest of my birthday is not nearly as adventurous and wild as the first 4 hours, but it was no less enjoyable. After the adrenaline-inducing excitement of the Canyon Swing and the the Shotover Jetboat, it was time for a little relaxation. Queenstown has an amazing botanic gardens right on Lake Wakatipu. We wandered through there enjoying the scenery… Read more

Canyon Swing Videos

December 14, 2007
Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
Jump 1: Backwards http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VegdXUsHDvU Jump 2: Birthday Gimp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWLPpXt99ds And then Ann Marie and Emily do the Chair of Death: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s01qxrdveRM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vV1CdV74Kxo

Best Birthday Ever (Part 1)

December 11, 2007
Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
There’s not much I can say about it that pictures can’t. Here’s how the birthday began (videos coming soon) We started off with the Canyon Swing (it was my birthday, so I got my second jump for free. nice) Then off to the Shotover Jet And then we got lunch. More to come later More photos…