Not Our Jumping Off PointA WANDER DOWN UNDER, CHAPTER 16: IN WHICH WE DO NOT TAKE THE PLUNGE
Day 17: Queenstown. We awoke this morning expecting this to be our last day in Queenstown, but with some additional information about our destination accommodations in Mount Cook, we decided to skip that location and spend another couple of days in Queenstown.
By the time we sorted all that out, we left the room around 11:30, headed to Queenstown Gardens in search of our first letterbox in New Zealand. We had made several unsuccessful attempts to find letterboxes in Australia, though they were at best half-hearted due to all the venomous critters in our midst. New Zealand was a new story—no snakes, no venomous critters, not even any ticks. Who could ask for more favorable conditions?
|Letterbox hidden here|
After lunch at Johnny Barr's, we headed north out of Queenstown in search of the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, the location of another letterbox. Called "Big Chicken," the box commemorated the planter's lack of courage to make a bungy jump from the bridge, the first commercial bungy jumping location in the world. We could definitely relate.
But we met a group of five Japanese twenty-somethings who were eager to make the plunge, arriving just before the first of their group was to jump. We recorded her big event as we chatted with the two girls and two guys who accompanied her. Later we walked out to the old suspension bridge where the jumps originate and listened to the trainers coaching jumpers to look across, rather than down. Be patient with the young lady in the video below, the first in her group of friends to jump. It's no surprise that she needed some consoling before she plunged 140 feet to the river below.
Bungy Jumping at Kawarau Bridge from Road Junkies on Vimeo.
We greatly admired the courage of those who jumped, including our Japanese friends and a fifty-something couple who dived over together in honor of his birthday. We acknowledged our own limitations (lack of courage? better judgment?) and took our enjoyment in applauding the daring of those who decided to take the plunge.
We look forward to having another couple of days to explore Queenstown and its surroundings.
- Started in Queenstown, ended in Queenstown
- Mileage - 54 (Trip total: 13,501)
- Weather - 39° to 59°, sunny to rainy
- Jumpers we watched - 7
- Times we even considered jumping - 0
FRIDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER, 2014
More Photos from Today
|Another Japanese friend ready to dive|
|Kawarau River gorge near the bridge|
|Rescue of the couple who jumped together|
|Clever restroom sign at bungy jumping site|