The nature of The Farmer’s work roster makes entire weekends off a bit of a rarity and so he and his Princess had booked their weekend away well in advance. We were very flattered to receive a warm invitation to Sunday lunch
and happily loaded the Homestead Mobile for 300 km round trip to the alpine township of Arthur’s Pass.
The Bean Counter, being a stickler for detail, insisted on documenting the journey from sea level so we detoured a block and then struck a path to the mountains.
As you can see, the weather in Christchurch was decidedly average
making the promised Alpine Vista from this signposted photo opportunity a bit of a non-event, but it does show the Canterbury Plains are appropriately named and as we got nearer the mountains, the outlook brightened.
Castle Hill is always a great place to stop and stretch your legs.
We arrived just as the goodies were being taken from the oven (yum!) and then it was time for a wander.
Some conquered the Devil’s Punchbowl Falls walk
and some didn’t
but great fun was had by all
and all too soon it was time to re-board the jalopy and head back through the Pass
but not before we’d thoroughly thanked our gracious hosts.