Monday, June 30, 2008

City of Lakes Tri-Loppet

This past weekend Kristen and I participated in our first tri-loppet. We canoed (together) 8k from Calhoun to Brownie lake, did a 5K trail run and then 'mountain' biked on Wirth trails for the 11K. This is one of the first posts where the pictures on here aren't mine, but then it was a little hard to take pictures of it when you are a participant. The photos came from this guy.

We both really enjoyed the event since we hate the swimming portion of trialthons. The whole thing would have been fairly easy had it not rained when we started the running portion. This made the biking on the trails a muddy nightmare. There were about a hand full of times that i had sheer terror due to the total lack of control of my bike and potential to smack head-on into a tree. My knuckles were white from holding on so tight to the handle bars. When we finished we were covered in mud and so were our bikes, but we made it out unscathed.

Lining up at the start. A perfect day for canoeing.

Not so much at the head of the pack for us.
Thus, we aren't in this picture.

A leisurely run in the rain was quite refreshing.

Pretty amazing that the girl in the yellow is still on her bike at the top of the hill. (it looks like she was there before it got super muddy). I lost traction in the mud and when that happens... you're walking up.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Honeymoon mish-mash

Between the new digital SLR Christina got before we left and the other camera we took over 800 photos during the honeymoon. At least 100+ were multiple photos in the same location I intend to piece together for landscape pictures soon.

The itineray for the trip was basically this:

Sunday May 25th: flights out of Minneapolis, LAX, then 16+ hours later out of Brisbane, AUS

Tuesday May 27th: arrive at Hamilton Island, AUS off the Great Barrier Reef

Friday May 31: flight to Sydney, AUS

Tuesday June 3rd: flight to Wellington, NZ (capital of NZ on Southern end of North Island)

Saturday June 7th: flight to Christchurch, NZ (rent car for drive around South Island)
•Drove West through Arthur's Pass in the Southern Alps with snow chains (on 73) to reach Greymouth; visited the Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki North of Greymouth; drove South (on 6) to the Fox Glacier where we learned to ice climb; drove South to Queenstown (on 6); drove South, then West to Te Anau where we boated to the other side of Lake Te Anau for a glowworm cave tour, then took a day tour with the mail carrier (on 94) North through the Fiordland National Park to the Milford Sound for a cruise.

Sunday June 15th: flight from Queenstown, NZ home via LAX

Check out a bunch of our favorites at Flickr (HERE).

Monday, June 23, 2008

We're Home

yep, we're back. we are in the process of uploading a 'best of the trip' set of pictures on flickr. It should be ready in the next few days. Forgive us for not posting, we've been exhausted since our return. Above is a little preview of what's to come.. she was outside the Olympic park on a tall post.

Friday, June 06, 2008


We ate at a little sushi place on Cuba Street in wellington. Our choices of food came around on a rotating belt. The plates are color coordinated by price. We loved it. On to Christchurch...
Honeymoon update 2

Here are a couple pictures from Wellington where we have been for the past 4 days. We have gone to many museums here and done tons of walking around. Tomorrow we head to Christchurch where we begin our road trip through the west side of the south island.
Picture above- the cable car runs from the top of the city (at the botanical gardens) to downtown. It is cute and old. Wellington, like many cities, used to be a city of cable cars... but no longer, now just this one. This ball of ferns was strung over the union square between the City Gallery (contemporary art museum) and the library.

Kangaroos at the zoo!
Parliament AKA the Beehive.

Lots of Maori statues in New Zealand.

This might be our last post for a while because we will have limited internet access from now on. we shall see....

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Honeymoon update

Here are a few things that we have been up to since we left on may 25. We headed first to Hamilton Island of the coast of Brisbane. We were there for 3 days and enjoyed the beach and the nice weather. it was nice to rest up and enjoy the island life for a bit. Steve decided to shave his beard, in case you were wondering who is with me in the picture above. One of the days we took at boat to the Great Barrier Reef to go snorkeling. It was a ton of fun and we saw a lot of colorful fish and beautiful coral. We also went on a submarine!

Next we flew to Sydney. We went to the opera house, the royal botanical garden, went to many museums, walked a ton, climbed the harbor bridge, went to a rugby game at Olympic park and visited with friends.
Today we left for Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, which is on the north island. After getting used to the 15 degree drop in temp. we wandered around the town and went to a New Zealand cultural museum. We are staying at a bed and breakfast and finally have a computer where we can upload photos. Hope you enjoy the update... more later.

Sunday, June 01, 2008



I retroactively posted this link since Christina and I were in Sydney as part of our fabulous post-wedding vacation. What better link to put here than the highlight of our time in Sydney; climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge! The website has lots of information. The panoramic view feature is right on! When we walked into the bridge climb complex (they have a big operation) we saw most of these celebrity photos. Our experience was almost full of rain, but the sun came out and the fog lifted. I have always been uneasy with heights, but I felt very safe with the climb and harness system used and we both had a great time. A huge thank you to the Sydeski family for their thoughtful and generous gift to make it possible.