New Zealand's South Island: Splendid Adventuring

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New Zealand's South Island: Splendid Adventuring
« on: November 28, 2010, 13:00:23 »
New Zealand's South Island: Splendid Adventuring
   


South Island adventuring races the gamut from bungee jumping and jet-boating to paragliding and sky-diving, but after doing it all I found my tastes ran to wet and ice, from Class IV rafting and motor-boating the Marlborough Sounds to tramping around on a blue-ice glacier. And it all began like this.

Rafting addicts start young, like forty years ago when I built my first and very unwieldy raft from two road-grader inner-tubes, six 30-gallon oil drums, a slew of 1" x 8" planks and coils of bailing wire to raft the Colorado River above Moab, Utah.

That multi-day episode ended after a whirlpool catapulted four of us, including wife number one, onto a sheer rock cliff.

Though wife one was gallantly rescued and dropped safely on the other side of the river, the side with a road, marriage number one never seemed quite the same.
   

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