Saturday 25 January 2014 68 °F
Two things that have turned out to be very handy during this trip so far.
why brought? Dave had a pre-travel nightmare about a puncture wound while on the road
good for: fixing broken electronics cords and just about everything else
why brought? blisters
good for: padding the nose-piece on Dave's new cheapo sunglasses
Some quirky NZ observations:
Light switches flip up to turn off
Hot and cold in sinks and showers are completely reversed--right side is hot, left side is cold
Speaking of sinks, hot and cold water mixing valves haven't caught on here. Sinks have two faucets: one for scalding hot and one for ice water.
Dave's comment of the day after being (over)instructed to turn the car left: while raising his left hand, "Is this still my left?"
Our first stop on our way to Lake Taupo was the Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland. Sounds like a theme-park, but it isn't. Think Yellowstone, but less distance to travel between thermal attractions and fewer safety precautions. Never before have we stood so closely to spewing mud pots, spouting geysers, and steaming pools of acidic water.
The mud pots had a sense of humor, imitating disgusting bodily functions. Pearl's comment: "It makes me have a tummy ache."
Our budding photographer
Dave keeps sniffing the sulfur-rich air and saying, "Mmmmmmm, Gary." Meaning Gary, Indiana.
Lady Knox Geyser shoots 69 feet into the air every morning at 10:15am. Why so reliable? The park ranger pours a packet of "dish detergent" into the blow hole, and 3 minutes later, voila! Pearl did not believe Daddy's story of the geyser being operated by one union worker down in the control room in charge of opening the steam valve once per day.
Our final stop before arriving at Lake Taupo, our destination for tonight--Huka Falls, an impressive high-volume waterfall.
The rest of the day was overcast with light sprinkles. Nothing like ending this sort of day with a good bubble bath and a pot of bubbles. Here's Pearl in our RV bathtub.