Mysterious Mount Cook
Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
148Trip End May 30, 2013
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The morning we left was full of clouds and rain (they Had had an abnormally hot and dry summer/fall and even a drought until the day we arrived – now it's been 3 days of rain...). Most of the souther alps were shrouded in clouds. What we can see is greatly reminding us of Scotland. In parts, we could have been driving through the Tweed Valley. But then the BIG mountains came. As we approached the area of Mt Cook (the tallest mountain in NZ) the sky began to clear.
We looked in awe at brilliant blue waters with mountain backdrops
A lovely camp ground nestled in the old glacial plain, sandwiched between 3 glaciers: Mueller, Hooker and Tasman. Everywhere we walk there is this intoxicating smell of honey. Can't decide if it's the grasses or another plant. Took a little walk along the Hooker valley to see some of the views (and track down the source of the smell). Can't wait to get out and do some longer hikes!
Things are quite a bit colder here than they have been anywhere else we've been travelling. Already, we've bought some sweaters and jackets and will need another pair of jeans as well. Pulling out the gloves and hats that have been buried in our bags for the last 5 months (at least they're getting used). We'll see how we do sleeping out in our Aussie tent and borrowed sleeping bags. Right now hot tea and beautiful views will keep me warm.
The next morning we wanted to summit a nearby peak for some early light views of Mount Cook, but the cloud had sacked in again and we wouldn't have been able to see anything anyways
glacier is currently receding). At it's base was a lake filled with ice burgs and people were taking boat rides out on it. At the far end of the lake, the sky was clear, but looking back there was
still no view of Mount Cook. We shall try again!