Some photos of Andrew & Caitlin Gosnell’s wedding are starting to pop up on Facebook. Thanks go to Jan Gosnell, who shared them, & Hilary, who took them. Cheers!
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We are in Queenstown, our final night in New Zealand. We took the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak. From there, we had a magnificent view of Queenstown and the surrounding countryside. We even picked out the hotel we’re staying in. We enjoyed a dinner at Taco Medic and dessert at Cookie Bar. We even discovered that Hell is a real place down under (just a little theological tongue-in-cheek).
Tomorrow morning, we begin the long journey home. With flights, layovers, and drive time, it is 30+ hours of travel. It’s been a fabulous trip.
After leaving Wanaka & the wedding party, we headed south to Milford Sound. The drive from Wanaka to Milford Sound was quite stunning with fields, mountains, rivers, lakes, and waterfalls. While in Milford Sound, we took a Discovery Cruise through the fjordlands. (Milford Sound resembles the fjords in Scandinavia with the mountains dropping into the sea.) Part of the cruise took us to the Underwater Discovery Center. It was a spectacular day, especially so since I spent my birthday with most of my family.
While it was cloudy and a bit foggy and rain sprinkles, last month they had 26 days of rain, so they said we were there with good weather.
We also saw a rather colorful van at the Milford Sound Lodge where we were staying. None of us had seen a treehouse camper before.
Today, we left Milford Sound and are now in Queenstown. We start the homeward journey tomorrow morning.
How do you prepare for a Kiwi wedding? Start with a rugby game after the rehearsal dinner. On the morning of the wedding, you set up the chairs, dinner tables, and places for conversations. Follow it with flower arrangements, lunch, games, conversations, polishing shoes, and general preparation. Even the alpaca put on his dress whites. The wedding starts in less than an hour. It’s almost here.
Tuesday was a day of preparation, starting with a run to the grocery store to buy food for the rehearsal dinner and wedding day breakfast and lunch. The rest of the day was filled with conversation, games, walks, preparing bouquets, and meal preparation. After the rehearsal, we fired up the grill for the rehearsal dinner. The day ended with an impromptu rugby game. It was a great day for friendship, family, and fun.
On Monday, the wedding party convened in Wanaka. The guys watched the Super Bowl, and then went for adventure–jet boating and off road racing. The girls went for a hike and had their nails done. The parents were treated to a Ridgeline Safari tour of a working farm. We saw herds of cattle, sheep, and deer all mixed in with each other. From the top of one ridge, we had a breathtaking view of Lake Wanaka. Quite spectacular.
Afterwards, Carol and I watched the Super Bowl at a pub in town. I even wore my NE Patriots T-Shirt.
Following that, we headed for The Lookout Lodge where everyone will spend the next days. The rehearsal is tomorrow and the wedding on Wednesday afternoon.