Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
148Trip End May 30, 2013
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Using a top-map, we could see that there was an old tramway to follow that would lead to a disused mine. Brian was set upon his path!
A beautiful walk through a mossy wood. Brian imagined that it was Fangorn's Forest and I worked on photographing the mossy loveliness.
We ventured off the trail in the direction of the mine feeling like true explorers searching for lost treasure
Then we set off to one of the 'great walks' of New Zealand. I really love how all the 'tourist attractions' have to do with the natural landscape. We went to walk the first bit of the Routeburn track. 2 parking lots FULL of cars and even a bus parking lot (busses?). In our one hour walk, we must have passed 6 different groups doing the hike. But the track was beautiful. It was interesting seeing a rain forest in a different climate. All moss and ferns, but still dripping wet even though it's been dry. Instantly, the temperature dropped several degrees and I found myself marching quickly to stay warm.
Went only a short distance down the road to another camp ground (too pretty here to move on yet). Kinloch is a tiny little place that consists of a campground (grass and outhouse) and a lodge/restaurant, a few houses down the road and a beautiful shoreline surrounding the blue waters of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by...mountains! Quiet, solitude, bliss.
Brian busied himself with skipping stones and I wandered off along the river beds with my camera, squishing my toes in soft clay, cleansing them in clear glacier run off, watching the birds, and finding hidden waterfalls.
That evening, as shadows slowly started their climb up the sides of the mountain on the eastern shore, the daylight started to fade and I watched the clouds that had formed on the mountain tops like little halos, turn soft and pink in the setting sun...
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