Mud, Geyzers, and 15,000feet!
Today I will start with a little encouragement I received from a friend it has a great message:
Are you facing a challenge today that seems overwhelming? Through faith and patience, you will see God’s promises come to pass in your life. Understand that the enemy always fights the hardest when he knows you are closest to your breakthrough. He’d leave you alone if he thought you were going to live in mediocrity. If you keep pressing on toward your promise, through faith and patience, you will get there. Don’t be like the Israelites in the Old Testament who were right next to their promised land when they talked themselves out of it! They said, “There are giants in the land. It’s too difficult.” No, today, don’t look at the obstacles in your life. Lift up your eyes because you serve a supernatural God! Follow the example of Abraham who believed God even when his circumstances looked impossible. Remember, God always rewards the people who seek after Him. Stand in faith and keep believing because God will take you places that you never dreamed. Keep pressing toward the promise so you can live in the supernatural victory He has prepared for you!
Day five brought us back down to Rotorua from Auckland but not before stopping a few times. Our first stop of the day was actually still in Auckland. After picking up the last group of passengers we headed to Mt. Eden, for one of the best view of the city. It had been raining over part of the city that morning so we got some great pictures of rainbows! (Just one more pick me up of the morning proving God’s promises never fail)
Our next stop of the day was in Thames, we arrived in Thames right still early in the morning after traveling down through the Hauraki plains. So far it had been a very pleasant sunny drive. From Thames we went back through Paeroa where we again saw the L and P bottle. (Some of the same stops are done because some people started their trips in Auckland and hadn’t seen them yet.) From Thames we headed for our lunch stop, this was at “Shires Rest” this is at the gate way of the Hobbition Movie Set. Also used for the Lord of The Rings Movies. As we drove we could see some of the hills for and land used for the movie and were also given little insights about the movie such as apple trees were used for plum trees and once the trees had grown the leaves were picked off and replaced with plum tree leaves to give the appearance that the hobbits were smaller. I opted to not go on the tour of the actual set because I have not seen any of the movies but I was able to catch part of the sheep shearing and lamb feeding that happened outside of the café.
From The Hobbition Movie Set we headed into our final stop of Rotorua. Abby and my night in Rotorua brought a great night at the spa! We headed to Hells Gate Waiora Spa. We got to walk through the Geothermal Reserve and try our hand at carving! Then after our walk through all the boiling mud puddles and the geothermal reserve we got to go to the mud bath and spa. It was very relaxing. I was a bit hesitant about sitting in the mud at first but it was actually a lot of fun a very relaxing. After the mud spa we were forced to take a freezing cold shower to get the mud off this was so cold, so once we go to be able get into the warm sulfur pools it felt GREAT! It was a nice night. After the pools we headed back to the hostel for dinner and just hanging out. It was FREEZING out so we didn’t want to do much walking around. And it really was nearly freezing when we looked up the weather it was 2degrees. (Way to cold for me I like the sunshine coast!) Then it was time for bed so we were ready for day 6!
We traveled from Rotorua to Taupo!
Our first stop of the day was at the government gardens to snap a picture of what is now the museum and is still the most photographed building in New Zealand!
On our way to Taupo our second stop was at Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Land. We got to see the geyser erupt, this geyser erupts daily at about 10:15 shooting jets of water reaching up to 20 meters high. It last for over and hour (not at this height) it only erupts at the height of around 20meters for a few minutes and continues to gush water at a height of 1-3meteres after that.
After seeing the geyser erupt we headed to the Wai-O-Tapu park and had a walk through. This part was really cool! It was full of collapsed craters, cold and boiling pools of mud, water and steaming fumaroles! The pools of water were all different colors from orange caused by Antimoy or Green caused by the colloidal sulphur/ferrous salts. There was some white rocks caused by silica, yellow caused from the sulphur alone, even some redish brown from iron oxide.
After lunch we were on our way to Taupo. Before getting to the city we stopped at the Huka falls again. From the Huka Falls we were picked up and taken to taupo tandem skydiving! Yup that’s right I went skydiving!! The day was prefect clear sunny skys, it was nerve racking but exhilarating! I jumped from 15,000 feet with over one minute of free-fall and reaching speeds of up to 200km/h it was amazing! We could see almost all four coast of the north island. It was so clear from up there. I had an amazing time it was not nearly as scary as I thought it would be. Once I was out of the plane it was an outstanding feeling, there is nothing like it. I don’t think I would have been able to do it with out my tandem master attached to me; he was a great guy and very reassuring! Over all it was an amazing experience and I am so glad I got to do it.
The rest of the night brought a bit of walking around town and then some grocery shopping! Now another nice relaxing night before an early day 7! I think tomorrow we get to raft down unground rivers and see glow worms I am pretty excited to see what the next day will bring.
My beautiful cousin Maddie and I have started a daily devotional together and it has been amazing. It keeps me connected to her and every day seems to fit my situation perfectly. God had the timing of everything including down to this book all planed. The day after I found out about Derek and his son Dylan the chapter was all about our faith being tested to help us grow stronger. It talks about God working everything out in our life to conform to his plan, that he wants us to success and pass every test and make it through ever trail. He is here to support us through it all and we can’t forget that. He is drawing us near to him in our darkest hour, he is breaking us all to open our eyes to his incredible compassion, love, and perfect plan! A few other points that were outlined in this chapter that was so perfectly written for what I was going through it had to all of been orchestrated by God were that we have been chosen by God to fill a part of his plan, We have been predestined for greatness if we live according to his will (this does not mean we will all live to be millionaires or movie stars but if we can live according to Gods will and follow him our life will be nothing short of greatness because we will be following the creator of the universe). Remember to rejoice in the trials set before you because our lives are all about a much bigger picture then we may ever understand. Live Strong. Live in Faith. And embrace the spirit within you because every day it offers a gift of growth.
Today calls for two:
“In him we are also chosen having been predestined according to the plans of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will”
- Ephesians 1:11
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when ever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”
- James 1:2-3
More pictures in the Gallery and hopefully video and more pictures from skydiving to come!