To the best of my recollection, this was a bit of a blustery day. It was also the day that everything changed. First, let’s start with the photo. The wind didn’t seem to bother these two carefree little girls as they played along the shores of Lake Wanaka. This, however, was the day that everything on our land tour changed.
This photo was taken on Day 9, but the problem is that we were never supposed to be in Wanaka. On Day 9, our next stop was supposed to be at the end of a train ride through the New Zealand Alps. However, a 100-year storm wiped out the only road and the railroad tracks to our destination. Imagine the frantic tour guide and his home office trying to find accommodations for 50 people for a one-night stay with less than twenty-four hours to spare. That would definitely be stressful!