I have yet to meet anyone here, besides my flatmate from Hungary, who is at all religious in any meaningful way. Of course, I really only know the University crowd, but still. However, Easter is a big deal. I think it is simply because people get BOTH Friday and Monday (and in some cases Tuesday, or even a nearly 3 week holiday in the case of parts of the University) off from work/school, and thus marks the big fall holiday. Still, I find Easter as the focus of a relatively secular population, fascinating. The lunch talk at work is, "What are you doing for Easter?" and when I went riding with some women a few weeks ago it was also topic of conversation.
I'm headed to Kaikoura tomorrow night to see whales and run a loop that includes a summit of Mt. Fyffe (see runs Mike has listed, it is the first one) on Friday for my "Easter fun." This will test my new shoes on a scree field. I'll report back (see the post Shoes for pictures of the results of 2 scree fields on the old shoes). I hope to mountain bike some new trails (for me) in the Port Hills on Saturday or Sunday and maybe prove a theorem or two. I have some ideas brewing.
What are you doing for your Easter fun?
Monday, March 25, 2013
The second time was also in Chile after the Torres del Paine run. There we hung them on a tree at the start/finish of our run.
P.S. The camera battery had informed us before this that it was dead, but I coaxed this one last picture out of it and it started raining pretty hard again just as I clicked the photo and we ran to the car.
We did not circumnavigate Mt. Sommers (short on time and the weather was rather pear shaped --- practicing my kiwi/british), but rather did an amazing loop of the Rhyolite Ridge to Mt. Sommers South face to the Miners trail.
Here I am nearing the top of the Rhyolite Ridge. You can see the mists. What the pictures don't show is the phase where we could see clouds pushing into one valley causing all the gorges to steam making new clouds before our eyes.
Tom posing and then running toward our first big gorge.
We almost gave up as it was drizzling when we started. The trail was super wet --- small stream like. The resulting run was super with a new rock feature, gorge, raging creek around nearly every corner.
The panorama below it an attempt to show some of the amazing features on the run. We crossed over most of this moving from right to left down to the river valley you see (look closely and you can see a hut --- we passed by) and then back up the ridge on the left to where I am taking the picture.
On the way out we found lots of abandoned mining equipment (and some signs to go with it), which was fun, This, of course, explains the name of the trail (miner's trail).
Sunday, March 24, 2013
I am officially procrastinating. Stuck on trying to figure out how to prove I have a complete intersection and waiting for a computation to finish, I thought I would catch up a bit more on Tom's visit to NZ. The noise from the guys changing out the windows in the house I'm staying in (I have "home" duty today to babysit them) is not helping my focus.
Tom and I have (wisely, we think) taken to taking pictures of restaurants and hotels we are particularly happy we found. In Wanaka, we found a pub with great beer --- the Wanaka Breweries Brewski, an excellent pilsner --- and food that is fabulous and not crazy expensive (by NZ standards).
Lake Tekapo (below) --- the picture does not do the color of the lake justice. It is a crazy tourquoise color from the sediments suspended in the water.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
|The dogs pushing|
|A second round of sheep on the road|
|All done and piled up to go|
|Tom on the bridge|
|Me on the bridge (proves we were in NZ together)|
|Tom in the glacier river 1|
|Tom glacier river 2|
|Tom glacier river 3|
|Tom glacier river 6|
|Tom glacier river 4|
|Tom glacier river 5|
|Tom Series 1|
|Tom Series 2|
|Tom Series 3|
|Crazy how deep the trail is here.|
|Lots of warning signs in New Zealand|
|We are almost done. Proof we did Lake Marian.|
|River Series 1|
|River Series 2|
|We wanted to make sure you took note of the river!|
Friday, March 22, 2013
Tom with his finger in the fjord --- a mix of the Tasman Sea and fresh water that tumbles off of the surrounding mountains. Our first pictures of the sound with Mitre Peak approximately in the center.