Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I’m back

But I don’t really know where to start, beyond saying I had a spectacular, sensational, superb, splendid, stupendous, and snowless time, and want to go back the day after tomorrow with all my favorite people.

So here’s a tiny first taste:


The gorgeous Abel Tasman Coastal Track 



A minute or two on the Kepler’s Mount Luxmore, well above treeline, as was much of the Routeburn.



The only problem was that this squalid character kept turning up.

6 comments:

Martin Benedict O'Brien II said...

Yaaaayy! He's back. I missed you man.
BTW that's not squalid, that's bedraggled. I think that's the word!

Alan Sloman said...

Hi Mark
Glad to hear you are back safe & well.
How did the Earthquake affect you?

Mark Alvarez said...

Hi, Marty. What a nice way to be received back! The funny thing is, the walking was not at all strenuous, and I was just out of a shower when that picture was taken. So I wasn't actually bedraggled at all. Whatever I was, it's a fine look to scare children with.

Alan, the earthquake affected me not at all. I was actually on the North Island when it hit. But it is a terrible tragedy for Christchurch and New Zealand. Hundreds killed, many injured and/or homeless, and a real sense of "maybe we can't come back from this" percolating among these usually positive, can-do people. Really devastating.

Lou and Phyllis LaBorwit said...

WonderfulD! We have waited patiently to read of your exploits
Lou and Phyl

Myretta said...

Welcome home!

Mark Alvarez said...

Lou and Phyl: my exploits are pretty tame, but I think I'll be able to start filling a few posts with them tomorrow.

Myretta: Good to be back, but only because I've got friends and family here. Otherwise.... See you soon?