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Feb. 27th, 2006

10:33 am - One fine day on a live volcano...

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Two people, a mountain, lots of excess energy and a camera is a recipe for..




Giant Si goes for a walk. No, Giant Si! Don't stand on the Little People!


Cos, you know, where else to practice your invert skillz0rs but the crater of a live volcano..

My arms look like sausages in this photo. Weird.

Yes, there were many people standing around by the time we finished taking these..

How to look like you're really enjoying yourself. Why just stand there like a mullet in photos?

In fact one person even came over and said "I like your style!" But I didn't notice anyone else doing it.. hmm.

My version of saying cheese.

After all that leaping about, how about some stylin' cliff-edge moves?


And then, a swim. *grin* Splashing about in Blue lake. Yup, the green one is Emerald Lake. All very originally named.



So, um, most of the people were convinced we were crazy. I ripped my pants and have a very impressive bruise up my right shin and a twisted ankle. It took 7 1/2 hours, with goofing around (there was MUCH goofing around) and actual proper rest stops (of which there were 2).

I thoroughly recommend this for anyone who wants to do a challenging thing that only takes a day and is within the grasp of most people, fitness-wise. tigerweave, it's a combination. It's 17km. About 10 of it is formed, smooth track. There are about 3km of bits with track and steps, the steps being of varying heights. There's about a km of scree which is steep. The remaining 3km are mainly dirt track between and scrambling up and over rocks of varying sizes (football size to horse size). I could do it with my glasses off, I think. But I'd allow a couple of extra hours..

It was fun. Definitely worth doing. Choose your company carefully if you go - it would be a long time to put up with whinging. I was surprised how many people didn't have basic survival gear with them - like they expected it to always be sunny and that we weren't really in an alpine environment at all. Luckily The Last Boy Scout didn't need to dish out survival blankets to the dumb people this time. Wear sunscreen. [/lecture]

I was very impressed with Extreme Backpackers, despite their silly name. $24 for my share of a twin room (that could sleep 3 people at $15 for the extra), freshly painted, good facilities, no giant bugs. Comfortable slat beds too! So yeah, that's my new Good Place To Stay on the Turangi side of the mountain.

Andandand, in other OMG see-saw news, email this morning from the payroll guy. We're all getting a 3% payrise, backdated to the beginning of the year! "Phooey, no big deal", I hear you say. Well phooeey to you too - it's the first job I've ever been in where payrises just happen without me doing anything to start them off. I may buy an mp3 player with what amounts to a bonus - road trips being the theme of the season I think being able to play mp3s in my car would be good. Recommendations?

Gosh. Maybe the universe does like me..

Current Mood: compassionate

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From:notabouthim
Date:February 26th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
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hey, that's giant Si to you..

player rec's: the Neeon (yes, stupid spelling) is prolly best bang-for-buck at the mo (without any stupid iTunes type directory/driver idiocy)

also, re the track - it's worth mentioning the steep climb over rock to get to the top of that first peak (south crater?)
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)

Yes indeed

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1) Fixed.

2) Does it make me a snob or anachronistic or just a wanker that I avoid anything that starts with i (as in iPod) because I don't like the idea of them having any control at all? And yeah, a 2G Neeon would be nice (yay bonus!)

3) Luckily tigerweave and guitarbear read this so you mentioning the steep climb/scramble up to the South Crater is mention enough. *smile* Thanks.
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From:notabouthim
Date:February 26th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC)

Re: Yes indeed

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righto. Neeon is 6G though, so, lucky you.. universe, etc etc..
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)

Re: Yes indeed

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*beam*
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, portable everywhere I think, if I'm going to spend money. So some kind of music carrying/playback device.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
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So if I had energy and brains at the same time, I'd be really sexy?

*goes to swot up on quantum mechanics*
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)

That would possibly explain why I'm single

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People who want compliance and big tits don't even register on my radar.

However, validation is validation in whatever form it arrives. Thanks. ;-)
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From:notabouthim
Date:February 26th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)

actually no

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they prefer blondes. Well, the cavemen do, at least
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)

A link! a link! look, a link!

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Luckily for me, cavemen don't really register either.

I was blonde for a while (a look I notice has been copied a lot lately) and I didn't really notice any more attention.

Since I've had red hair, I've noticed.

So the cavemen can keep their blondes.. ;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
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Canon IXY digital 600.

Nice camera, easy to take action shots, but has a bug where it occasionally fails to read the memory card. The shots are still there but you can't get at them. Also you can't take pictures when it does it so you have to always carry a spare card or two.

Or at least, that's how I understand it.
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:February 26th, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)
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those pictures are excellent! your hair is awesome :D i think you and si are pretty.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)

Aw shucks!

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*blush*

*is secretly pleased*
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:February 26th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)

teehee!

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that's cute! :D
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From:whatifitworks
Date:February 26th, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)

LIMBS

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Cool pics... personally I can't see the sausage ARMS... maybe because I'm being distracted by the fact that, in the same photo, one of your LEGS is much longer than the other... and it is the one furthest from the camera...?!?!

Here is another fun pic in the same spirit:
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)

Re: LIMBS

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*grin* I am a Mutant!

actually my back was a bit bent

Nice shot!
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From:guitarbear
Date:February 26th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)

Is it a sign?

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Got to work and found a flyer for a moderate bushwalk at Depo Creek this weekend slid under the door this morning.
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From:pombagira
Date:February 26th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
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sweet.. looks like you guys had agreat time... and flying as well.. awsome..

weeee with the out of doors..


*bounces* <---- has been gardening today and is now in her office hiding from the newby students...
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)

n00bs

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They apparently aren't very clever and therefore are easily avoided.

And, yay gardening!

When do you want to do doggy beachy things again? I am shearing sheep tonight and maybe (depending on ankle) doing aikido but I'm free tomorrow evening.

*rubs ankle and swears*
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 26th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC)

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tomorrow evening sounds great!!! will see you at my place err.. when you get there

*beams*
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From:russiandolls
Date:February 26th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
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did you walk the same way as i did and run down the scree? most fun EVER
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From:tatjna
Date:February 26th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
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I sidled down the scree in a dignified manner - NOT!!

However, ask notabouthim about how to make the most of loose scree..

Wheeeeee!!!!!!! *beam*
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From:tigerweave
Date:February 26th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)

I'm sold!

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I noticed your survival kit was just a wee bit different to what we would be carrying here Hehe.

Might need some local to tell us what to take. (but if you ever need to know what to put in a cyclone kit... you know who to ask)

Ok, gotta practise walking now! Eddy's gonna practise jumping.
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From:mkcs
Date:February 26th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
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That's where I stayed a few weeks ago. Clean and cheap, with decent bunks. I liked it too.
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From:curisquris
Date:February 27th, 2006 11:29 am (UTC)
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awesome pictures. first one is the best! whoo
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From:rivet
Date:February 27th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
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Best holiday shots ever. I am inspired to bigger and greater silliness.
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