Just had to post one photo from today, even though I'm not nearly caught up yet on my other posts…
This was an hour-and-a-half side trip off of the 19k Tongariro Crossing that we did today. Alex, meanwhile, was scaling Mt Doom behind me there.
More awesome pics to follow later, it was just such a great experience I had to share right away!
[10/14/09 EDIT: Yikes! I never got back to posting about the most awesome experience of my life! I promise to do that before its anniversary rolls around next month… or at least the photos]