Friday, April 10, 2009

A Mini Road Trip

Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
And whatever comes our way....

OK dreams are free - but in all honesty it was more like pack the kids (& all of their gear) into the car & head off on a short trip into the countryside to drop them off at the paternal Grandmothers house for this long weekends family reunion (which their Dad isn't attending).

The mailleman & I had plans of taking a tiki tour into Lord of The Rings territory & heading towards Mount Sunday after performing the obligatory drop off.

We got our motor running & head out on the highway with me driving. So far so good - I love driving on the highway, adore the feeling of leaving the city & the liberating sense exhilaration I feel at the thought of what it would be like to just keep on driving & not go back.
For the first day of a holiday weekend traffic was relatively light until somewhere, about an hour along the way, we seem to have skipped the "Lookin' for adventure" part & instead got lumbered with the 'Whatever comes my way"....

"Hmm must be an accident a wee way up ahead" - I said. Traffic was at a complete standstill. This is not a common occurrence all. So there we sat, mostly not moving for an hour. During this time we heard on the news that there had been an accident on the Rakia bridge ...we were still around 15km ( about 9 miles) back from the bridge.
Oh the joys of only having a two lane bridge on the main south highway!

At least it gave me a chance to test "The Rams" capabilities by trying to capture a shot looking towards the Mountains which were proudly displaying their first fall of snow....this was the direction we were heading in.

After dropping the girls off in Mount Somers, having a coffee & catch up with the girls 'Nana Shirley' & the Uncle, Aunt & cousins from Australia, the mailleman & I hit the road. we decided that there really wasn't enough time to go further inland to Mount Sunday & instead took a slightly more scenic & longer route home.

Sadly we were driving into the sun - so getting good images was a little difficult, but not totally impossible ;o)

towards mount hutt
Looking Towards Mount Hutt

venison in the making
Venison in the making

nz lamb
Sheep - we have lots of them! Just think of this as NZ Lamb .

Rakaia River
Rakaia River at the Ashburton Gorge.


rosebud101 said...

Wooohoooo! Sounds like a great road trip! Have fun!

Deb said...

It was great Mallory - apart from the darn getting held up for an hour in traffic ;o)

angelinabeadalina said...

I love road trips...too few of those aimless drives in search of minor adventures once you are responsible for minors, huh? Looks like you and the Mailleman made the best of your trip! You have gorgeous landscapes there!

Deb said...

Ang - we tool another one on Sunday. It was awesome - I'm just now trying to narrow down what photo's to post to my blog without overloading!