Mind warp in time and space continuum
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Where I stayed
White Horse Hill
As it got past noon we had to make a move so drove to the Taman Valley again to visit the Blue Pools and see the glacier itself
We paid 26 Dollars each for the 'Explorer Pass’ which entitles you to watch all the films in the cinema and access to the museum for a full 24 hours. The museum itself is quite tiny and has memorabilia from both the Everest and Antarctica expeditions amongst loads of other interesting stuff about the history of the hotel and the mountain itself. The best thing though was both the documentary about Sir Ed’s life and achievements and the cinema where we watched 4 short films including subjects such as black holes, infinity and space plus a ‘bird’s eye’ view of some of the peaks that make up the Southern Alps.
Before we visited we weren’t really aware of a lot of Sir Edmund Hillary’s history and the extent of the dedication that he gave to climbing and surmounting the unachievable
We did spend hours here and still didn’t get to see everything but as we were getting hungry, it was 7.30 by this stage, we vowed to return in the morning. Some of the more crazy stuff we learned was that ‘Super massive’ black holes can have matter 300 million times the size of the sun condensed into space no bigger than a finger nail and that there is indeed one in our own Milky Way and at the very edge of a black hole time is slowed down due to gravitational pull and objects are somehow stretched. Their very being challenges all our known laws of physics and hence once again in the space of two days our minds were warped. Plus there are 200 Billion galaxies out there each containing millions of stars – chance is that there are a few like our own.
We got back to the camp ground and cooked a red curry. We are now on ‘eat up’ as we only have 4 days left until we give the van back so I also ate a tin of peach halves that had been lurking around the back of the cupboard for ages. We sat out boring our French neighbour about the sky until about 10pm when even the blanket that I had around me wasn’t warm enough so we crawled in to the van safe in the knowledge that we were fully paid up members and we wouldn’t be getting a visit from the not so friendly DOC man in the morning.