We’ve had a delightful family trip so far! We left fairly late Monday afternoon, and got up to Arthur’s Pass in time for a quick hour’s walk before we needed to set up for the night. I’ve been wanting to show the Devil’s Punchbowl Waterfall to the family for quite a while, so that’s what we did. I counted the steps on the way up—401 one way, not counting all the parts of the path that were not steps either up or down! Needless to say, we were all a bit puffed by the time we got to the top!
But the views…just gorgeous! This is from when we were heading out to the road to the pass.
Heading up the Arthur’s Pass Viaduct…a gorgeous, sunny day!
The Devil’s Punchbowl Waterfall:
After climbing up to the viewing platform, all of us children went on to the base of the falls.
Brothers in the rainbow. 🙂 Baby sister wasn’t very impressed, though, and wanted to go back to “Mum, Mum!”
My wonderful parents!
Baby sister had fun climbing down some of those 401 steps by herself!
View down the pass valley—this is the Bealey river.
Enjoying the sunshine and company at the end of the walk.
That evening, since it was cold out and the sandflies were attacking, we all gathered in the back of one of the vans on Dad and Mom’s bed and played a game of Ricochet Robots (a recommended game, by the way).
And thus was the end of our first day of traveling. The next were fairly eventful, as well—perhaps I can take time to get some more posts together about that!