The first place we drove to was a town called Omarua, where they were on the last day of a five-day Victorian festival. Everybody was dressed in Victorian clothes. We saw a bunch of old-fashioned things like funny looking bicycles called penny-farthings, people juggling on stilts, and log-sawing competitions. Also in Omarua , we saw penguins come up to the shore at sunset and go tend to their babies in their nests. When we saw them coming out of the water, we were surprised to see them in such large groups and how fast they got out of the water.
- Our campervan has an area above the cab that looks like a pompadour or Elvis' hair.
- When you walk in Tourtelvis, he rocks from side to side and when he drives, he rolls.
- When we are in Tourtelvis, we are touring around.
We went to see the glowworm caves in Te Anau, which was amazing. Glowworms are tiny worms that live in caves and have a glowing tail to attract insects like moths or sand flies. The caves are filled with these tiny guys. There was one area with a bunch of them all over the walls and ceiling. You can go around in a boat in the pitch black to get a really close look at them.
Now for our latest activity ... jet boating! A jet boat is not like the average boat because the engine is inside and the water shoots out of jets in the back, so it can go in really shallow water and has lots of power to make quick turns. We were able to go right up to rocks and turn at the last second. We even spun around in full 360 degree turns, which was really fun because the water sprayed all over the place and got us all really wet.
Living in Tourtelvis has been interesting too, especially the way it can turn from a living area to a bedroom, not to mention eating in your car is something you have to get used to. So far it's been great and we still have another week to go in our moving home. 'Till next blog!