A month after I arrived home, I am finally making my final post from my grand trip to the Southern Hemisphere. What an amazing experience this was for me. I have gone up in hot air balloons, swam in the Great Barrier Reef, hiked through the worlds most ancient rainforest and up the side of a volcano, swam in natural hot water springs, visited countless amazing beaches, played with the bees, met unbelievable people and fostered new friendships. My pictures from the last 3 months on this blog are evidence to the lovely lands I have had the great fortune of visiting. And even more spectacular than the landscape of Australia and New Zealand, are its people.
While I have so many more places on planet earth I would like to visit, I do not think I am done with Australia or New Zealand. I have so much more I want to see. I never had a chance to visit the true Outback of Australia, and I want to go and hike through the Fiordland of New Zealand one day. For now, I will relive my journey through my images and memories. Thank you to every individual who made my trip possible, from those at home, to my hosts and new friends throughout my trip. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
The above image is the very last one I took during my trip and is my last glimpse of Hot Water Beach as we were walking away. I did have one more day in New Zealand but did not take my camera with me. We went to the worlds largest Polynesian markets. It was great to get a little culture in before I had to go home.