Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Family News and Views


University exam results in New Zealand  are now given in Alphabet letters, with the appropriate plus or minus. I am pleased to announce       ( wow,how formal is that?) that we are so proud of Josh, a student at Victoria University, I guess when you sit your exams, the relief  when they are all over, then the wait till you know how well you did. So long since I sat an exam, but I still remember it all so well.

He is having a wonderful holiday and sent me some photos of the bike ride he and Mike did this week . This is the Umukarikari Track, on the eastern side of the Central Plateau.  They rode  to about 1600 m asl. ( 5249 feet), and it was cold  up there. Spectacular scenery, great views across tussock  land to the Central Plateau Mountains.


Umukarikari-Track #2

Umukarikari track #3


The view from the Eastern side of the Desert Road,looking at Mt Ruapehu on the  left hand side, Mt Ngauruhoe on the right. Mike on the right, Josh on the left.Josh and Mike  near the Umukarikari track

The Central Plateau mountains,looking from the East to the West


Umukarikari track area, rocky area.

Thanks,Josh and Mike for the super photos, A great day out together.

Quotation of the day,author unknown

“ When you have a wish to travel abroad

to another country,

look first at  what your own has to offer”.

Greetings from Jean


Georgia said...

Happy for his success, and the opportunity to make that trip!

TexWisGirl said...

wow! what an awesome bike trek! good for him!

camp and cottage living said...

Hooray to Josh for completing those finals!
He deserves a fun trip to the mountains.
It sure is rocky terrain, which must make the trip
all the more challenging for both he and Mike.

Barb said...

I bet Josh was glad to have a little vacation. He's biking some rugged territory up there.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, congrats to Josh! What an awesome adventure and bike tide. Wonderful photos. Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

Carol Mattingly said...

Oh to be young again. Carol

Fundy Blue said...

Congratulations to your Josh! I remember only too well the angst of exams! When I walked into the exam room in Grade 11 to write my first provincial exam in English Literature, I threw up all over the floor! And I hadn't made it to university yet! At Acadia, the university used to post our marks publicly. Thank God that isn't happening anymore!

It looks like Josh and Mike are having a wonderful trip! Loved your contour map! My first geology lab was drawing a valley cross-section using a contour map. I still remember the thrill of learning how to do that! Still love maps, for sure!

Have a great day, Jean!

Julie Fukuda said...

I hope he got good results on the exam. It must have been a great way to celebrate getting it over with. Nice pictures.

Leeanne said...

Oh yes I am all for checking out our own country first! And what a country we have!

Mystic Quilter said...

Gosh it's a long time since we were down around the Central Plateau, I remember going along the Desert Road when we had a year in Wanganui 1962/63, I love the scenery down there, just spectacular and what a great bike ride for these two!

Out To Pasture said...

No wonder why 'Lord Of The Rings' was filmed in your beautiful country. Spectacular scenery! Go Josh!

Sandra Walker said...

OH I love that final quote you have. So true. Wow the shots of the mountains peeking up behind the boys are fantastic! Lovely that he shared and that you shared with us, as I always love visiting other countries through blogs. :-)

Karen said...

That would be quite a ride! Beautiful views.

Tish Stemple said...

Beautiful shots from their ride! Glad he is able to enjoy some relaxing and fun adventures while he is on break. Always good to refresh the mind and soul.

Allie-oops Designs said...

Congratulations to him, and wow what a trek!!! Beautiful views!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Wow! DO you worry about him?!
Thanks for all your bloggie visits and FB comments! I have so few friends here. You warm my heart! xo

Jim said...

Congrats to Josh!
I thought those were clouds behind them!! lol What a spectacular shot of the tips of those mountains!!

KB Bear said...

Congrats to Josh!!!!!