D224. Apr 11. Frisbee in the woods, a Queenstown feature !

if I tell you : “botanic garden”. What did you think of ? That ?

frizbee 1Flowers, roses ? Beautiful autumn colors? Yes, for the colors you are right.
But this garden was special. People do not come here to write love poems inspired from Ronsard, they come here for the below iron baskets.

frizbee 2Strange trees, aren’t they ?

frizbee 3 This is a Frisbee Golf. Targets are tree-mounted chain baskets, that have been disseminated all over Queenstown Gardens.

frizbee 4For each target, a launching area and an indication on where is the next basket, as i is often hidden behind bushes or trees. A great way to walk everywhere in the park with your babe stroller or your grandma without being bored at any time.

frizbee 5You just need to Bring Your Own flying disc !

frizbee 6There is even a Professional Disc Golf Association ! I had no idea this sport could even exist ! Apparently, it may have been invented in the early 1900s by a Canadian. Modern disc golf started in the early 1960s, in the US.

capture 7 The game is now played in more than 40 countries worldwide, primarily in the United States, Canada, Central and Western Europe, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia.

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Our reward today, after kayak, parasailing and frisbee ? A good hot chocolate at patagonia, a famous local institution…

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D224. Apr 11. The day ended in the sky

The day started on the sea, paddling our kayak a on quiet lake… but ended quite differently !

parachute 1When we ended our tour on the lake, the kayaks owner, Ben, told Alex we could get a special fare, shall we be interested in parasailing (parachute ascensionnel). Alex was tempted but didn’t want to go on his own. I felt guilty to say no… So I said yes… Though adding : “OK, but let’s do it right now, before I start thinking about it”.

parachute 2 Thirty minutes later, I had a harness around my hips, ready to take off…

parachute 3 I don’t remember much of the take off, as I was only focussed on my respiration. Indeed, 12 minutes of apnea seemed unreasonable, so I had to do my best.

parachute 4 Then I thought : “those twelve minutes are gonna be so long. What can I do ? May be I can count twelve times to sixty ?”. Finally, I’d rather ask Alex: “Can you tell me about your trip to Svalbard (Spitzberg) ? I’d like to know every detail”.

parachute 5 As this trip took place ten years ago, he understood that something was going wrong with me and tried to distract me fro my fear as much as he could. So, finally, I was able to turn my neck to see what was going on around…

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Left. Breathe. Right. Breathe. Down. Oh fuck. Up. Ufff.

parachute 7I had carried  my GoPro but as my hands were glued to the harness I didn’t take any picture. Meanwhile, Alex, ecstatic, was filming…

Isn’t it amazing ? THe lake, the mountains, a light wind, even breathing seemed to be better here that anywhere else on earth.

I’m glad that Alex was able to record this precious moment…

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paysage 1Isn’t it more beautiful from the sky ?

parachute 8When we landed on the boat i was relieved, but a bit disappointed that I hadn’t been able to relax sooner.

pieds 1Yes… I look a little bit… tense… don’t I ?

pieds  2 I guess it was one of those moments where I had just looked at my feet…

pieds 3Oh, nice, the shadow of our parachute…

fil 1But you know how long was the cable ?

fil 2250 meters long !!!

parachute 20At the end of trip though, I was super happy we did it, thanking Alex that he convinced me. Probably THE highlight of our New Zealand experience. And, frankly, I think I’ll do it again !

 

D224. Apr 11. The day started with a kayak…

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Queenstown is THE spot where you can practice extreme sports: it is famous for bungy jumping, it is also a moutain-biking mecca, you can try jetboating, white-water rafting and sledging, sky diving, tramping, climbing, canyoning, rafting…

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But, with this cinematic background of mountains and lakes, Alex and I rather decided to follow this little duck and we went kayaking.

 

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People came here for gold, in the second half of the 19th century. Though, by 1900 the gold had petered out and the population  was a mere 190 !!! It wasn’t until the 1950s that Queenstown became a popular holiday destination… For people like us… kayaking…

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In the background, though, we could hear crazy girls shouting in the sky, under a yellow parachute…

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