That West Coast Feelin'
Trip Start Aug 22, 2012
64Trip End Jun 16, 2013
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The early evening stop and straight to bed at Fox Glacier enabled us to get up for a dawn walk at the infamous Lake Matheson where morning light creates fabulous reflections of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman
Next stop – Greymouth. After an hour at McDonalds where one can access free internet (thank you Mickey D) we checked into Global Village, a delightfully decorated and welcoming spot. We met our first fellow Canadian Maritimers from New Brunswick here! Early the next morning, we did a bit of a detour heading inland to Lake Brunner where we encountered one of the most beautiful rainforests brimming over with ferns.
Onward to Punakaiki Rocks and blowholes at high tide where the Tasman Sea crashes with gusto on these interestingly layered, weathered rocks. Then Beaconstone Eco Lodge became our home for two nights with solar energy, compost toilets, cotton/wool futons, wool pillows and many other ecological features to this very special spot. We tried out Jack’s (Gasthof) delicious German sourdough bread and were ready to backtrack the next day to buy a loaf but the $15/loaf charge was too dear for us! Walks down the Nile River and out to the Seal Colony were highlights in this area.
Beaconstone and the surrounding area was rejuvenating for us and we could actually feel some warmth in the wind as we continue north. Is summer coming?!