Avalanche Peak – 12/24/14

‘Twas the day before Christmas and the Waas’ were hiking
We chose Avalanche Peak rather than running or biking
We could have stayed home in our pajamas all day
To await Santa Claus, his reindeer, and sleigh

All across Christchurch everyone was still sleeping
But up a mountain we climbed, to the peak we were creeping
The mountains were snowy, and the trail was quite steep
But the views were fantastic (minus the sheep)

We had our packs full of water and extra layers of clothes
Would there be rain or shine, in New Zealand who knows
To stave off our hunger, we had salami and cheese
‘Twas the most wonderful snack from Jesse’s thoughtful colleague

We saw gorgeous waterfalls, kea, and flowers
Up, up, and up, the trail went on for hours
How high did we climb? 3,600 feet or more
The scenery was beautiful, but man was I sore!

The track was relentless, the scree razor-sharp
But we had to keep going to get back before dark
We took selfies up top, to get every angle we turned
But we couldn’t stay long, we were getting sunburned!

The descent was brutal, Scott’s Track just as demanding
But after 3 hours of climbing, I was just glad to be standing
One final stop for food, peanut butter and jelly
We had a mouse join us, hoping to also fill his belly!

At the end of it all, in the water we went
After so long in the sun, we were all feeling spent
The water was cold, it felt good on our feet
The perfect end to the day, an enjoyable treat

If you’re up for an adventure, a full day can you stomach?
‘Cause few things are as grand as a mountain peak summit
It’s worth the sore legs, the hunger, and bug bites,
With my husband and brother, my summer Christmas was just right!

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetIMG_5843IMG_5767 IMG_5765IMG_5768IMAG0046IMAG0059IMAG0096IMG_5773IMG_5775IMG_5779IMG_5826IMG_5817IMG_5820IMG_5799 IMG_5822 IMG_5827 FullSizeRenderIMG_5833IMG_5838


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s