Milford Sound

Trip Start Jan 28, 2006
Trip End Feb 20, 2007

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Thursday, March 2, 2006

I arrived in Milford Sound, and it was by far the most beautiful place I had ever seen. The mountains and waterfalls here are so massive that it is impossible to capture it in a picture. When driving to Milford you can usually drive passed mountains by taking roads that hug the edge of each one. The mountains here are so steep and enormous that the only to get to the other side one is to drive straight through it. A tunnel named the Homer Tunnel followed all the way through this one mountain for about 10 minutes. On the other side of the tunnel are cliffs and more giant mountains, maybe a mile high. As lame as seeing mountains may sound, you really have to see what I have seen to understand exactly how fascinating these marvels are.

Ok ok, enough about stupid mountains. Milford Sound is otherwise known as the end of the earth. There is little to do here except for a little trekking through mountains, or taking in the sights of a boat cruise. Hardly anyone lives in this remote area. In order to understand this township all you have to do is sit back and enjoy nature at its best, look through vallys into the never ending ocean. Sandflies had bitten me so much by the time I reached Milford Sound that I had a hard time walking very far without my feet bleeding. If you thought Canada was bad for mosquitos you've seen nothing yet. I chose the easier path of of life and went on a rather touristy boat cruise. It was incredible! Mitre Peak was the center of attraction. It is an enormous steep mountain (again with the mountains), that towered a mile high on the inner side of the ocean. It is one of the highest mountains in the world. Just passed Mitre Peak were several massive waterfalls ranging from just a few hundred meters high, to ones that were over 1500 meters high. Seals lined the coasts, and exotic birds flew overhead. The boat docked at an underwater observatory that was ok, but I expected better. I left Milford Sound after two nights and heading to Te Anau, and maybe Dunedun if I felt up to it.
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