Who loves some TUNA?!? TUNA! TUNA! TUNA! Let's hear it for tuna!

 The view at the start of the Kepler Great Walk. This is gonna be good!

The view at the start of the Kepler Great Walk. This is gonna be good!

We have never eaten so much tuna in our lives! "You are what you eat," they say. Maybe we should lay off the tuna. Who knows if gills are forming under Adam's out of control beard!

 Into the bush we go!

Into the bush we go!

This canned fish has become the staple for all of our hikes. New Zealand is the Disney World for walkers. Tramps galore! The stunning views we can only see by foot are why we go walking, but when it gets to ten hours of walking, heck, just two hours of walking, our focus turns to the food we are carting up these mountains on our backs. "Hmm, where's the chocolate?"

Our quick and easy backpacking list:

  • tent (1)
  • sleeping pads (2)
  • tuna
  • sleeping bags (2)
  • head lamps (2)
  • tuna
  • tp (1 roll- never know what's ahead)
  • clothes for cold & rain
  • tuna
  • water
  • water filter
  • first aid kit
  • tuna, tuna, tuna
 Steep trail kept us pushing forward until we hit the golden alpine. 

Steep trail kept us pushing forward until we hit the golden alpine. 

 Heading into a wall of clouds and rain:(

Heading into a wall of clouds and rain:(

 Where there's mist, there's rainbows!

Where there's mist, there's rainbows!

 What a landscape!

What a landscape!

For some reason, we have come to feel ready to go hiking as long as we have canned tuna. With a sober reflection on this, why in the world we feel that way, I’m not quite sure. We need new ideas, ya’ll!

 "On the boardwalk! We be havin' some fun!"

"On the boardwalk! We be havin' some fun!"

Well, this post is based on true stories.

“How many tunas we got?”

“Six!”

"Good to go!"

With our tuna at the ready, we snap on our backpacks and a walking we go!

 Into the fog...

Into the fog...

Our regular menu regiment:

Breakfast: tea, rolled oats, apple

AM Snack: granola bar

Lunch: TUNA, crackers, cucumber, apple

PM Snack: trail mix Dinner: ramon, squash, carrots, onion, mixing sauce

Dessert: uno cookie

 See ya blue skies!

See ya blue skies!

After three days on tuna, our trail conversations turn to day dreams and cravings of food! Our voices trail off in longing tones, our mouths get watery and our eyes glaze over with visions of dripping cheesy pizza or a delicious juicy hamburger or what about a burrito smothered and covered with sour cream, salsa and guac! As the days continue, the purpose and excitement of our steps change from the new sights we will see to cutting the distance between us and the lasagna we are drooling over in our dreams!

 The mountain ranges were so close, but we were only getting eerie peeks through the clouds. 

The mountain ranges were so close, but we were only getting eerie peeks through the clouds. 

To be fair on ourselves, when prepping for our trip we like to zip in and out of the grocery store with light, dry foods since we are hauling everything on our backs. However, since we have had rolled oats, ramon and tuna so much, we refuse to eat them when we aren’t on the trail. We refuse!

 Got into the white out. Smack dab in the clouds. Well, we love to see, so heading back into blue skies. 

Got into the white out. Smack dab in the clouds. Well, we love to see, so heading back into blue skies. 

Anyone out there with lighter, more delicious recipes than tuna? Holla at the Nubern's and share your good news!

 Pit stop at Luxmore Hut before making our descent.

Pit stop at Luxmore Hut before making our descent.

We'll be growing gils and flippers til then!

 "Blue skies smiling at me! Nothin' but blue skies do I see!"

"Blue skies smiling at me! Nothin' but blue skies do I see!"

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