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Friday, February 20, 2009

photostory friday - jet boating down the rangitaiki

while we were camping, the hubs organised a 'family mystery tour' one afternoon. we gave the girls no details, which turned out to be the recipe for a MILLION AND ONE questions! sheesh!

kids know so much these days; it just makes you realise how we're ALL about the details...so when we DON'T give them any - they are rudderless!

we are we going?
how long will be there?
how long will we be gone?
how long will it take to get there?
what do we wear?

this is where we ended up. at a jetboat ramp, awaiting our driver, the very dry-witted bill, who is also an ex-WORLD jet boat driving CHAMP. [translated: he knows how to fast. SAFELY]

i'm not so sure about this!
bill starts off by driving at break neck speed DIRECTLY AT this rock face.
he pulls up sharp about a foot before it and executes a perfect 360 (that's the bit where everyone squeals in delight AND gets wet)
'twas a bit blowy
for anyone with hair
it was exhilariting too! i loved seeing the 'track we cut'.
i suppose 'wake' is the correct termthe river was narrow in parts, and full of rocks, and in others - large wide areas
the landscape changed so much in the 50km we covered
apart from not knowing when bill was serious or not - "if things get a bit scary further up the track, just follow my instructions; but if i'm not here, just jump out. it's probably shallow enough to walk to the edge"

he was a hoot - anyway, they loved it
the 'end of the line' - the anawhenua dam

and another well-executed 360 to finish
and bill wasn't a bad photographer either...

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

28 comments:

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

OH Sue. I wanna be THERE.

Those photos certainly make it look like an absolute blast (no pun intended).

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

Its good to know that the are all the same the world over, same questions too!

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Looks like fun! We'll be up for lots of that around May or June. For today . . . it's fun to dream about. : D

Michelle said...

That looks like so much fun!

Chris said...

That looks like a blast, although I'm afraid I would have had to change swimming suits as that rock face got nearer and nearer.

Steph said...

That's beautiful and I'm jealous.

Sharon said...

That looks awesome! It looks so beautiful and I am loving the sunshine! Been missing that here the past few days!

Pam Emmons said...

Oh, what I wouldn't give to be there!

Diane said...

that looks like a lot of fun. i'm so looking forward to spring!

CC said...

A family mystery tour seems incredible! Invite me next time! ;)

Casey's trio said...

WOW! Looks like so much fun:) A memory you all will never forget!

Anonymous said...

See - I am being a good girl and leaving a comment AGAIN!
Great pics - who had the camera and was it a waterproof one?

I have been talking to Krislyn today, who is doing LOAD as I am, and she's invited me to your High Tea on Sunday. Not sure if I can get there (taking Ed to uni hostel) but I will try!
Have fun!
Margot

Kacey R. said...

Looks like so.much.fun!

Maggie May said...

Brilliant photos, packed with such fun an action that they tell their own story!

Emily said...

Wow! That looks awesome and looks like y'all had a blast!!

Killlashandra said...

I so want to go too. What fun that must have been! Everyone looks like they had a blast in that hair raising experience. :)

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

How exciting!! It looks like a blast! And the photos are great too! Love the dam and the rock wall.

Krystyn said...

Oh, that looked like a blast!

But, I have some control issues...wonder how that would pan out.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Fun! Reminds me of our boating trip down the New River in Belize! fast and fun!

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

looks like a great afternoon (I see purple hair there)

Melinda said...

Holy cow that looks like so much fun- kudos for planning a good one Hubby!

Elaine A. said...

What a fun adventure! And the secenery looks just gorgeous. Glad everyone had fun! : )

lisaschaos said...

That looks like some fun adrenaline shooting fun!! I would love to do that!

angie said...

I'm so glad you love your new job.

THat mystery boat ride sounds like such a wonderful time for your family. What a great idea!

the mama bird diaries said...

A mystery tour! I love it. My dad used to send me on these mysterious scavenger hunts. So fun.

The Blonde Duck said...

I saw you at Angie's and wanted to pop in and say hi!

Dusty Spider said...

I have an award for you over at my place, comes with a task of course but you can't have everything! xxx
Love this post by the way. I wish I could have come with you, looks absolutely fabulous fun.

Aly @ Lip Zip said...

These pictures are so wonderful. You and your family always seem to be doing something fun together!