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Following Mackenzie’s Footsteps

November 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Posted by Samuel Phineas Upham

New Zealand is known for its beautiful scenery, but apparently there is an area of the land that is so beautiful legend says it was “formed when the dawn froze 150 shipwrecked gods into mountains,” according to Patrick Symmes. In the article “Chasing Mackenzie’s Ghost,” Symmes travels to the area called Mackenzie’s Country located in New Zealand’s South Island.

Mackenzie was an infamous outlaw in the 1800s who was known for stealing sheep in the area. When things got hard for him, he would go into the mountains and stay for months just living off the land. At one point he was even captured and bound, but he broke free. While trying to escape, gunfire shot at his legs and he was captured again. According to the article, the wounds were superficial and he escaped again later. In the article, Symmes visits the country and attempts to follow Mackenzie’s footsteps by hiking various trails in the area.

Read the entire article: http://www.outsideonline.com/adventure-travel/australia-pacific/new-zealand/Chasing-Mackenzies-Ghost-4.html

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