We left the Death Star WWOOFing experience and headed west to climb. Our plan that morning was just to get out of there and do something fun. Once we had achieved that, we would figure out the rest of the plan. On our way out of town, a friend that we had met at Castle Hill texted, “Come to Wanaka aka ‘Heaven on Earth!’” So we did.
And what did we find when we got here? Heaven on Earth. Wanaka is a funky, young town on a gorgeous lake at the base of some killer mountains. There is climbing, mountain biking, boating (note: we are actively looking for a friend with a boat), bars and really nice people our age who like the same stuff as us.
On our first day in Wanaka we went climbing, showered (!!), went to a BBQ, made new friends, and played Risk with said friends. All in one day, in a brand new town! We spent a few days sitting on the shore of the lake. Every day I thought, “I want to swim in you every day this summer.” So we’ve decided to try to stay in Wanaka for the summer season. I applied to a bunch of kitchens to work as a kitchen hand and Zach is going to look for farm work.
We are currently in this awkward position of not knowing if I have a job yet, not really having a place to shower and do laundry, not really knowing if this plan is going to work. But we are giving it a go!