Trip Start Nov 28, 2007
18Trip End Jan 20, 2008
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After waking up this morning at the base of Mt. Cook we were treated to yet another great walk (two days in a row - yay!). Good conditions and well kept pathes, we walked a track in Mt. Cook Nt. Park which had a pleasant surprise at the end - iceburgs! I don't think any of us were expecting it, really, least of all me! I was so delighted! It really surprised people, though, since I'm from Canada and everything ("Don't you see them all the time?") - it's so funny what people think!
Another bush camp tonight, overlooking the beach, and we went penguin watching in the evening. They're so cute! We were first dropped off by a beach to have a "self-guided tour", where apparently tons of penguins were going to fill the beach below after a day of swimming. It would've been a total bust (not one penguin came on that beach) had we not discovered a nesting place of Mama (or Papa, I guess) and two babies. Right next to the fence of the board walk - so close! They're stinky things, but very very cute! The next portion of the trip we watched little blue penguins come ashore after a day at sea - even more cute! You can't take photos, because it hurts their eyes, but they're only a foot tall at most and are blue with white bellies. So sweet!