Jean and I spent last week on vacation at a rental house in Wanaka. Wanaka is a mountain town sited on the shores of an alpine lake and a gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park. It was a great getaway and we enjoyed exploring the many tracks around the area and eating at some great restaurants. This is an off time of year there between summer and the winter skiing season. We had some rain and wind but also some gorgeous sun. One day we took a drive over Haast pass to the west coast. It was a sunny still day and it felt like summer again briefly as we explored the dunes near Ship Creek.
Jean and I took our first trip in a while, getting away from Oamaru for a night up at Lake Tekapo a couple hours drive away from here. Saturday was a gorgeous fall day and we had a beautiful drive with several stops. The drive is usually an enjoyable part of the trip here, not much traffic and plenty of scenery. Sunday morning we woke to cold rain. We went to a hilltop observatory that was sitting in a cloud. Luckily the cafe there makes good muffins. We hope to go back sometime for the night tour.