Australia + New Zealand Video

In case you missed it – here’s our vacation video. It fills me with both great joy and great depression. ;)

This concludes the recaps of the most epic vacation we ever had. Regular programming will resume tomorrow. ;)

~Cait

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New Zealand Part 1

I know these picture posts are forever long, but I’d rather get them all out in fewer posts, because I’m sure you guys are getting tired of hearing about this vacation. I’ll return to boring old Oklahoma blogging soon. ;)

I completely underestimated how much I would fall in love with New Zealand. It was always Andrew’s dream, never mine, but it was absolutely breathtaking. And now I frequently daydream of moving there. ;)

We flew into Queenstown, a cute little ski town that shows off with some crazy beautiful mountains and Lake Wakatipu.

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One thing I never got over was the water everywhere…it was so. flippin. beautiful.

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Andrew was in his happy place. :)

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We landed in Queenstown around 8 AM. Our original plan was to drive north to Lake Tekapo, but it was showing foggy, crummy weather, so we went south instead. We ended up driving past several beautiful lakes, so it was a good switch!

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I saw more sheep in our four days in New Zealand than I had seen in the rest of my life combined. They are all over the place, and I LOVE it.

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We drove down to a place called the Catlins on the southeastern coast. Yes, if it just had one more letter, it would be called the Caitlins. I really wanted to change one of the signs. ;)

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We walked to an area called Nugget Point Lighthouse and took about 15,264 pictures.

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SO PRETTY.

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This next shot is my favorite…it’s hard to tell from the photo, but those rocks are humongous.

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On our drive back, these cutie pies gave us the most adorable traffic jam ever.

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After the drive back, we checked into our hotel and headed out to find food.

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The view wasn’t bad. ;)

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I found pizza. I found happiness.

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Andrew found his favorite apple pie ever (he got it three nights in a row), and I found chocolate gelato. :D

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The next full day in New Zealand was our favorite. Milford Sound was at the top of our list. It was also the vacation day that I had spent the most time on praying for good weather, because it rains 200 days a year in that area. I really wanted some sunshine for pictures. The good Lord provided. :)

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Milford Sound = Never Neverland.

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We booked a cruise & kayak tour with Southern Discoveries and set out around 10:00 AM. The drive to Milford from our hotel was 4 and a half hours, so we were awake for a LONG time that day.

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And it was totally worth it.

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It was pretty chilly in the morning, but thankfully the boat had these stylish orange jackets. ;)

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We had to make ourselves stop taking pictures every now and then to just enjoy everything, and I’m so glad we did, because the pictures don’t do it justice.

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SEA LIONS.

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That one in the front is so sassy.

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After our cruise, the boat dropped the kayakers off at the marine education center, and we headed down to the dock with 5 other visitors and 2 guides. This is a picture of our boat as it sailed away.

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I wish I could relive this day right now. And for the next 50 days.

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Kayaking in Milford Sound felt like God opened up Heaven and let us visit for a couple hours.

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To my utter delight, we saw penguins! You might have to click on the pictures to see this little dude better.

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Take. Me. Back.

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After the kayak tour was finished, we had a quick tour of the marine education center and their underwater chamber. They don’t have an aquarium – it’s a massive viewing area underground where the wildlife is free to come and go as they please.

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We took one more boat trip back to the port and waved a sad farewell to Neverland.

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The road to and from Milford is narrow, windy, and long, but the scenery makes the drive bearable. ;)

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Next post up is horseback-riding in Glenorchy and Andrew’s dream-come-true day at Hobbiton.

Happy Friday, loves!

~Cait

Boswells Down Under

There’s nothing quite like your first full night of sleep in your own bed after a long trip. (Or your first Cheesecake Factory meal since your return.) We are home sweet home with our home sweet puppy and my home sweet Diet Coke. ;)

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I’m struggling to find adequate words to describe the past two weeks, but pictures usually do a better job anyway, right? Here’s some quick highlights from the most epic vacation we’ve ever had. ;) I’ll do some more in-depth posts over the next several days, but for now let me just say I have fallen head over heels in love with Australia & New Zealand. Saving up and excessively planning for travel is so worth it, folks! My heart is so full, and our God is so good.

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More pictures and posts and details to come. :) Have a happy Wednesday, loves!

~Cait