Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Leavin' On a Jet Plane

We're leaving tomorrow night for a Spring Break getaway. Friday, we'll pick up our home for the next two weeks - a motor home, or "camper van" as they're known in New Zealand.  That's right!  New Zealand.

Sure, there are tons of destinations that are much closer to us, but we have no idea how long we'll be in Singapore, and week long vacations are rare.  Many of the places closer to us can be seen over long weekends, so we're using this week to explore a little bit of New Zealand's south island.  One week isn't nearly long enough; everyone has told us that.  Planning our itinerary was a challenge; Ben wanted to see penguins (or at least try; there are no guarantees), I wanted to see Milford Sound, and we both decided it would be unacceptable to miss the Southern Alps/rain forest/glaciers of the West Coast of the Island.  So, we're packing lots of hours of driving  into one short week. 

B3 is really, really excited about "sleeping in the camper", and he announces daily that it's going to be "cooooooold in New Zealand".  Today, he has negotiated my two car rule into three; Lightening McQueen gets to take both Mater AND Pumper with him.  He's brought me two pair of shoes "for New Zealand" (that we won't need to take), and he's piled his most prized possession onto our bed, AKA Packing Central:

His green Pancake Bear.  Not only did he bring his, but my considerate boy also brought his sister's pink Pancake.  He knows they usually both go with us, but he's taking no chances that I'll forget.  While we don't leave until tomorrow, I'll be surprised if he takes it back tonight; he wants to be certain that Pancake makes the trip!

The overnight flight and five hour time difference won't be fun, but we're confident that the next week will be well worth our effort.  I'm looking forward to some cooler weather, mountains, and wide open spaces. We haven't seen any of those things in Singapore.

See you next week with more stories than you want to hear and more photos than you are interested in seeing!

1 comment:

kathryn patton said...

I'm glad your trip is finally here. You all have lots of fun. We will gladly read about and look at all you have to share when you return.