New Zealand Southern Alps, December 2016

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28 Dec 2016: "Well," said Sam. "I'm home." We have arrived back safe and sound from our journey! Thanks to Mark and Joan for picking us up, and thanks to all who followed along with our journey, we hope you enjoyed our updates - more photos soon to come!

28 Dec 2016: "The ships have come, to carry us home." About to board our first flight, next stop: Auckland!

26 Dec 2016: "They're taking the Hobbits to Isengard!" Isengard yesterday, Edoras tomorrow, and a stop at Mt. Cook today - great way to spend the last few days!

25 Dec 2016: "If more of us valued food and cheer and song over hoarded gold it would be a merrier world." Merry Christmas from New Zealand!

24 Dec 2016: "Merry?" "What, Pip?" "I'm hungry." Hike out complete, on our way to Queenstown and Christmas Eve dinner!

23 Dec 2016: "This is it. If I take one more step, it'll be the farthest away from home I've ever been." Great day hike to Cascade Saddle, 4400ft in 2.4mi!

22 Dec 2016: "What do they eat when they can't get hobbit?" The sandflies have attacked and its been a vicious battle. Thankfully we're inside & *mostly* dry.

21 Dec 2016: "The day may come when the courage of men fails..." & that was this day! Weather pushed us back to aspiring hut, now wondering if we'll ever be dry.

20 Dec 2016: "We have come to it at last. The great battle of our time." Day 1 of our last big hike complete, prepping for a storm forecasted for next 2 days!

19 Dec 2016: "You'd have to send us home tied up in a sack to stop us!" Last intro: our social media lead Merry aka Ben! Rest day today, Matukituki tomorrow.

18 Dec 2016: "We're coming too!" 5th intro: our safety spacelord Pippin aka Frances! Good recovery day spent enjoying the Wanaka Sunday market.

17 Dec 2016: "AND MY AXE!" 4th intro: our natural-born sprinter, Gimli aka Reuben. As he said, it was "bloody hot today!" Finished our biggest day, looking forward to starting the Matukituki Valley track in 2 days.

16 Dec 2016: "And my bow! (as well as good gear)" 3rd intro: our elfen-eyed gear specialist, Legolas aka Kestrel! Snow and heat today, just another day in NZ.

15 Dec 2016: "You have my sword! (& great meals)" 2nd intro: our menu planner, Aragorn aka Jeremy! Short hike today - it snowed - where's our summer down under?!

14 Dec 2016: "I will take the ring to Mordor, & I actually know the way!" 1st team intro: our fearless leader Frodo, aka Dom! Day 1 in the books, relaxing in a hut!

13 Dec 2016: Google, is Mordor left or right? We're on our way!

12 Dec 2016: [Six] companions. So be it. You shall be the Fellowship of [CLC]!