17 March, 2015
I was excited to see blue sky when the sun came up. I considered exploring the Clay Cliffs of Omarama, but the location was a bit remote and there were no other cars in the carpark, so I decided to skip it. As I headed north toward Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, clouds obscured the mountains. Hoping they would clear, I drove in along Lake Pukaki. When the sun peeked out, it was an incredible turquoise. A natural glacier fed lake; it is now dammed for electric power.
My first stop in the park was Tasman Glacier View. Clouds were still shading much of the area and it was cold. There were a few small icebergs floating at the edge of Glacier Lake. The sun was just starting to come out as I drove over to Hooker Valley and I could see a tiny slice of glacier as I ate lunch in the car. And then the clouds suddenly shifted, and I could see a massive snow-capped mountain right in front of me! I put on my pack and headed out for the three-hour round trip hike to Hooker Lake; it was beautiful all the way and felt great to be hiking again.
Afterwards, I drove to Lake Tekapo (“tech-a-po”), where I had a nice dinner and spent the night.
This must have been awe inspiring. How can so much diversity exist on one island?
It is amazing, especially when you consider that this country is about the size of Oregon.
Gorgeous photos, especially of Mueller Lake.
I’m really enjoying your New Zealand photos, Deborah. Wish I were there. When do you think you will have recovered enough to come down to La Jolla? Dede
Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2015 06:54:44 +0000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is nothing like being in the presence of a Glacier, wouldn’t you say? You have seen some of the most fantastic sites and photographed them with artistic flair. Wonderful. Your ventures must be soul renewing. Enjoy. xoxo Stacy