The Kepler Ache
Trip Start Aug 24, 2004
41Trip End May 09, 2005
With a few aches, we set off for the Iris Burn hut on Friday morning. Some parts curved up around a corner, only to repeat over and over again. That day will be the closest I will have to a White Christmas. The snow actually flies up at you since the cold air has to go through the mountains of Fiordland. At times I was reminded of Lord of the Rings and I would say to Chris, "Come on Mr
When I awoke Saturday morning, Chris was gone. For some reason that didn't quite surprise me, but I still had a great time. I figured I'd see him at the next hut. About an hour into the walk toward Motorua Hut(sp?) on Lake Manapouri I ran into Inbal and Yaniv again. Between them and my iRiver, the walk to the next hut was enjoyable, but increasingly painful. Once at the hut, I noticed Chris was nowhere in site so I figured he was
A.) Walking home
B.) Floating face down in a river
C.) None of the Above
Answer: Well, actually I was hoping it was A., but had no way of confirming until I made it back to town Sunday
It turns out that he simply just kept walking all the way back to Te Anau. That didn't bother me much and he probably had a pretty crappy time, but that was his choice. Saturday night I strolled the beaches of Lake Manapouri listening to the Icelandic gibberish that is Sigur Ros. That was probably the best night, except I couldn't quite get a fire started on the beach, which was disappointing. However, that did leave me with a smell that I was used to in Dan's back yard over the past couple summers. Remember the burning plastic bags? haha
Sunday was pretty much flat struggle back to town. My legs ached, my feet ached. By the time I did make it to town I was tired, but for some reason I felt like I could just head right back up the mountain. Of course I didn't and now I'm nursing my random cuts and blisters. At least I've had a shower finally. I suppose you don't want to know about 40+ people in a hut that haven't showered for four days.
If you receive something in the mail, show it to others and I'd be grateful. Thanks and adios for now.