Day 162: The Zenith of Zealous Zucchini

Day 162, January 17th
We’ve decided it is time to leave the ever beautiful hyper blue Lake Tekapo. Amelia in her effervescent state wanted to stay with the lakes forever, but Jonathan got her in the car and drove off before she could make a case to stay! We didn’t get too far, we stopped at the ever-popular tourist location: Church of the Good Shepherd. This church is located in the most scenic position out of all the churches in New Zealand. Unfortunately, every tourist coming to New Zealand has heard this “quaint” church, so good luck getting any pictures of the church without people in it! Jonathan earned himself a free tube of sunscreen after being polled by a Tekapo local then clambered down to the shoreline as far away from the tourists as possible to get some pictures of the lake.
It had been a while since we’d posted on the blog, through no fault of our own of course, good libraries and wifi locations are few and far between in the Mackenzies. On a whim, Amelia checked to see if there were any nearby and there is one! Well we’ll have to make a stop by to try to update our semi-neglected blog. Turns out the internet was fantastic in this almost completely unused library and we got a number of posts written. Woohoo! Go us! After a few hours of writing in solitude we decided we ought to get a move on. Almost anyway. We needed food, so we stopped in town where we came across a “free produce” stand and made off with the biggest zucchini either of us had ever seen. It weighed in around five pounds! Definitely a highlight of this trip! Banana for scale:
Finally stocked up on food we are ready to make the long haul to Edoras. Yeah, as in:
“The beacons of Minas Tirith! The Beacons are lit! Gondor calls for aid!” (Aragorn)
“And Rohan will answer. Muster the Rohirrim!” (King Theoden)
— Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King.
We drove most of the way into the valley stopping for the evening at the nearest holiday park to Mt. Sunday. We got some neat pictures of the valley as rain and sunshine intermingled in to give way to fascinating views.
Tomorrow we’ll be up bright and early, joining Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), John Rhys-Davies (Gimli), and Ian McKellen (Gandalf) in walking the same steps they did as we make our approach to Meduseld the Golden Hall of Edoras!

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