The rooms were small with twin beds but nice. I imagine it's probably what a dorm room is like, with bathrooms and showers in the hall. We all really enjoyed it! It was $25 dollars for the whole week (and $5 of that was for the Wi-Fi!) and we met a bunch of awesome people doing really cool things. I would highly recommend a hostel in New Zealand- we really couldn't beat the price or location.
Remember that one time, we did a hike before my brother's wedding and I said it was "Literally the hardest hike I've ever done!"? Well, that hike has officially been changed to "an easy walk in the park!"!!
Today, we all hiked Mount Doom- aka Mordor for any Lord of The Rings fans. ;) It took us 13.5 hours to hike the 9.5 miles. It. Was. Brutal. That being said- it was absolutely gorgeous and I am SO glad that we did it!
We stopped after about 2 hours and had a snack before beginning the intense part of the hike. Then the real fun began. Since this was a few days after Ironman, I thought I was in pretty decent shape and this wouldn't be anything too difficult- nope! This hike totally reminded me how out of shape I actually was!! I was huffing and puffing the whole time. (Then me and Todd came up with the most brilliant plan I've ever had-- we would "stop to take a picture of the oh-so-beautiful scenery"-- but really, we were just stopping to catch our breaths!! Haha!!
|Still going up....|
|From my Instagram|
Even though the downhill was harder- the view made it worth it. The whole way down we were in 'aw' of everything.
|Above the clouds|
After a little while longer, the scenery completely changed and it was like we were in a jungle/Forrest. we were surrounded by greenery everywhere- we couldn't even see the sky because of the ginormous trees above us. It was so crazy!
We finally, FINE-A-LEE, made it to the parking lot. I don't think I've ever been more excited to see a dirt lot filled with cars! We waited for the rest of the group and then made the drive back to the hostel, tired, dirty, and hungry.
On the way home we stopped at the grocery store and got stuff to cook dinner at the hostel. (The hostel had a large kitchen with several stoves and ovens as well as a grill outside- that took us way too long to get working.) We made a ton of food and everything was SO delicious!
Do you like hiking?
What is your bed time?