Go to New Zealand

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I am part of an adventure Girl Scout Troop and instead of doing badges or boring things like that, we plan wicked trips! Members of our troop have gone to France, Africa (to hike Kilimanjaro), Costa Rica, and now New Zealand. I was actually the Girl Leader of this trip and it was a boatload of work! But, hey, it made for great college appliation essays! While hiking in the Rockys, we met a couple that owned a sea kayaking outfitter in Nelson, New Zealand. The Costa Rica group had just recently returned from their trip and we were all looking for our next international destination. We had been contemplating sea kayaking in Baja or somewhere around the U.S., but when we met this couple, we knew where we would be going! We started planning in the winter of 2009 and stepped on the plane Christmas Day, 2011. It was the most amazing trip I have ever been on and it was wonderful to see all of our efforts pay off! Well, quite literally, considering most of our efforts were fundraisers (car washes, garage sales, pancake breakfasts, Girl Scout cookies, Yellowbook delivery, and the list goes on and on and on) that contributed to our travels. The experience was even better since I got to enjoy it with some of my best friends (: While there we learned about Maori culture, sea kayaked, played in the ocean, hiked, discovered Jumping Pillows, hiked on Franz Josef glacier, went ziplining, saw glowworms, spent some relaxation time in natural hot springs, met the most gorgeous guy in the world, bonded, saw one of the most beautiful countries I could ever imagine, reenacted LOTR scenes, and had the time of our lives (: Totes presh


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