We left our wonderful farmstay accomodations this morning, tucking away some fine muffins, wonderful cheddar and blueberries.
Off we went traveling and before you know it, we’d gotten to Lake Taupo which was hiding its blueness under a haze along with hiding the peaks behind it. Had a lovely lunch overlooking the water. Had my moment of asking for something and finding out my word didn’t quite register off the bat. I asked apologetically for “silverware” and after a moment of puzzled look, “ah, you want cutlery?” Yes please. What a hoot.
Then it was off around the edges of the lake and winding our way towards…
Although we did not spot any orcs at all — good job everyone! — we did spot some fantastic alpine flora and a whole lot of impressive rocks and eventually, further up the road a ski area with a bunch of trekkers. Later we followed a