Days 3 and 4: After having breakfast and packing
up the bus and trailer, we hit the road and drove to Makarora
on the eastern side of Mt. Aspiring National Park, where a small
single-prop plane shuttled us to a remote valley. Valerie and
I got extra flight time when the wing flaps failed to extend while
on approach and were forced to abort the landing.
Additional highlights include doin' the Tim
Tam slam (envision slurping hot chocolate through chocolate-covered
cookies), witnessing a rock avalanche on the mountain side next
to the cabin, and a thrill ride in a river jet.
Trivia: Tim Tam biscuits first hit supermarket shelves in 1964
and were named after a horse that won the Kentucky Derby in