Tongariro Crossingby Adam & Lara on 04/05/10
Last week we hiked the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which is often considered the best 1-day hike in New Zealand. Some people say it's also the toughest 1-day trek, but we (not including Adam) did it without a sweat. All of the walking we've been doing has really beefed up our thighs:
That's Lara on the right.
Anyway, it was pretty dope. We walked by active volcanoes, craters and pools that were bright green from all of the sulphur in the water. Plus there was steam coming out of the ground everywhere. Definitely one of the coolest hikes we've done.
Looking out the bus window on the way there was a good reminder that we were about to climb a giant fucking volcano.
Bring it on.
Mt. Ngauruhoe, featured in Lord of the Rings, has erupted 45 times since 1900, making it the only thing in the world with a worse temper than Jim Saraceno.
In NZ, it's the Department of Conservation's job to help people enjoy nature, and occasionally scare the living shit out of you. Are you REALLY prepared to continue the trail? Now that I've pooped myself, maybe not.
It's either due to the increase in seismic activity or the increase in Wattie's Baked Beans in Adam's breakfast fare.
Lara lookin' like a fool with her pants on the ground in South Crater. Upon closer inspection, her pants were not on the ground.
Lava flows often create unusual shapes resembling objects, animals, or the human form. But we couldn't figure out what this giant vertical crevice looks like. I don't know Bonny, what do you think?
That's one steamy Lara.
The Emerald Lakes look freaky and smell farty.
You can sort of imagine the gates of hell looking something like this. Fortunately most of our blog readers won't have to imagine this forever.