While in Alexandra, I noticed quite a lot of “noise” in the Aurora Australis Facebook group on the 11th April about auroral activity, so headed out to find a dark spot and see what I could see.
Managed to get down to Alexandra for a few days to stay with the Bairds and do some mountain-biking here and there. The kids all had a ball on the BMX track in Alex, and we also managed to get out on the bikes along/near the Central Otago Rail Trail…
E & I headed up to Carroll Hut for an overnight tramp on the Kelly Range above Otira in Arthurs Pass National Park.
E & another 100+ kids from Years 7 & 8 at St Martins Primary School headed to Glentui Meadows for 3 days of adventures.
A long Waitangi Day weekend produced a fantastic bit of summer weather with a family ride along the Hogs Back Track with the Maddigans on Waitangi Day itself, followed by a decent day tramp the next day up to Temple Basin in Arthurs Pass.
The last leg of our Europe trip was staying with friends near London giving us the opportunity to do a few “big city” activities, including the Natural History Museum, banks and bridges along the Thames, Windsor Castle etc.