Avenue Motor Lodge
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... nice company on the tour. The mother like to joke
around, she was so cute. They were my adopted Singapore family. Once we got to
the glacier we had to climb up this pretty steep cliff to see the glacier. Lee
told us that only three people could be at the top at a time because the cliff
wasn’t that stable. I had a lot of fun on that tour. When we got back Lee was
telling me about this stargazing tour that they did ...
... with his family (his wife Kim and her son Jayden) and helped up fix our van instead of buying his car off him. Chris made some calls to find us a new engine that we could put into the van.
Monday and Tuesday Chris spent most his time on the phone searching for an engine for the car, ringing up everyone he could think of and looking on the internet and in the whole of the country we managed to find.....one, ...
... of the Tasman glacier sitting in the valley. We did a 40 min. walk up to one of the lookout points.
Then a visit to the museum in which the History of Mountain climbing was displayed was in order. Mt Cook is considered an extremely technical climb and to this date approx. 250 lives have been lost. Sir Edmond Hillary practiced on this mountain, before doing Mt Everest.
As you can see they ...
... do little hikes and then the final hike was 4.2 km and it took 1 1/2hr - was pretty hard for me but Tom loved it. LOL
The local hot pools were closed, and we had been looking forward to going to them all day.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 25TH
Today was our Glacier Day first was the Franz Josef Glacier, we could not walk very far in to see it, but the view up the valley was very nice.
Fox Glacier you could walk up pretty close and it was beautiful, ...
... campground was quite busy, but we luckily still found a suitable spot big enough for the Tent-Mahal, up on a small grassy shoulder of a dry steam. The campsite is amazing, towering glaciered peaks with the rumble of icy avalanches every 20 minutes or so. The park is well known for its glaciers, mountaineering, and its deadly reputation. It is also a historic place for a lot of mountaineers, as it was the training base for Sir Edmund Hillary, the ...
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