Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Swiss made Jason climb a mountain…

OK, it was really just a big hill, but a fun accomplishment none the less. More on that later! So Monday afternoon we explored downtown Queenstown (just 50 feet from our place) and while walking around Swiss spotted an Asian Chevron station, so we walked over to get the picture…

The Asian brand of Chevron...Swiss was excited!

Ta daaaahhhh! Conveniently across the street was a grocery store so we grabbed a few things for the week and went on our way. Monday night was an early night…after being up for almost 48 hours it was time for bed!

Tuesday was a fresh (well rested!) day to explore town. We decided to avoid the “expensive” Gondola ride up (and take the healthy route also!) and hike the 450 metres up the mountain (holy crap that quite a vertical hike, but the views were spectacular!)

The beginning of the hike up to Skyline Gondola

About a third of the way up...

Lake Wakatipu

Queenstown from above

Cool shot of the rainbow...

A great view from the top!

Once up at the top we took a chairlift even further up and rode the luge down a few times! :) So much fun…

We both made it up there...just for the record

Zoom in on Swiss's face...

...me luging down the mountain

We made some dinner and warmed up a bit then headed out to “The World Bar” to try out their “Teapots” for Happy Hour (or as Swiss calls them, “Tea Kettles”) but lets just say that Coca Cola is WAYYYY too sweet down here. Oh, and those silly little glasses they give you are too much work, so we switched to straws.

The gimmick at "The World Bar"

A cute concept with some American ingenuity applied

Check Flickr for some more pics.

4 comments:

Shannon said...

Yay! That's what I was talking about, Swiss - the luge in Queenstown! So glad you guys did that!

Vicki said...

Luge looks fun! Nice pictures...especially the on with the rainbow.

Jeannette said...

How on earth did that helmet fit on your head?

Jason said...

You should see the bike helmet I wore this morning! :) haha...the two story storage closet was impressive! :)

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