Wednesday, September 21, 2011

2011 Rugby World Cup Day 16

After breakfast in hotel with Mitch, Annell and Swedberg, I spent the morning wandering the downtown shopping for gifts for Sharon and Jack. I found a couple of nice things for both of them.

Heading back to the room to drop off the purchases, I bumped into Hunter. He and I wandered back to the downtown and had a light lunch. The weather has been gorgeous over the last two days with clear skies and temperatures in the 60's.

We met up with the rest of the group after lunch. The plan for the day is to go jet boating on the upper Shotover River with Skippers Canyon Jets.

Have I mentioned recently how much I dislike heights? This excursion included an hour ride to the site along a canyon road with some very steep drop-offs. One other member of our group was even less happy with the heights than I was...

The boat trip was definitely worth the hassle to get there.

We spent about 40 minutes on the river. This is definitely something that I would bring Sharon and Jack back to do. After the boat trip, the bus went farther down the road and made a short stop at a swing bridge that had been used for bungy jumping. There were some amazing views of the river.

When we got back into town, the group headed to dinner at the Botswana Butchery. I had a rack of venison that was good, but not as good as Sharon made for the dinner party several years ago.

After dinner, the group headed to a pub to watch the Tonga versus Japan game. Tonga won by the score of 31 to 18. I wandered back to the hotel room in the first half. I am ready to head home to Sharon and Jack. We fly out of Queenstown tomorrow about 12:00 p.m.

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