Day Fifteen - Fox Glacier

Trip Start Jun 20, 2012
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Trip End Sep 02, 2012


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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Another early start after a late night - made worse by the fact me, Robyn and Antonia slept in! Literally woke up when we should have been leaving for breakfast! Scrambled our stuff together and made it just in time.. Sad to say bye to Antonia and Cat as we left :(

Slept for most of the morning drive.. We arrived into Fox Glacier just before lunch - another Jurassic Park landscape! Checked into the hotel before heading for some lunch with Robyn and Rachel (kumara, carrot & ginger soup - lovely). Headed to check in for my glacier trek, our guide was a nice Kiwi guy called Adrian. We got kitted out with boots and thick socks before heading out to the bus. A little drive later and we were at the front of the glacier. We walked towards it while Adrian told us about the area. It's pretty amazing how the glacier moves and changes in size so frequently and what the power of it can do. Also scary that the town is overdue a huge earthquake that will move 7 metres horizontally and 2 metres vertically!! Funny how kiwis are just fine with all these impending natural disasters.

We reached the start of the glacier, stopped to put crampons under our shoes and collected a walking stick. Felt weird first stepping onto the ice - you have to walk like a 2 year old, little stomping steps. The guides carve stairs into the ice so you can walk up the glacier - we headed to look at a few things including natural holes that go down and down and down plus a little cave that you could walk through. Loved that. We spent about 2 hours walking before heading back to the bus. Such a cool experience.

Returned our clothes and headed back to the hotel, there was a huge double rainbow in the sky - it was so bright. Amazing.

Lamb shank and much needed vegetables for dinner. We all sat chatting the evening away and putting the world to rights. Can't believe it's our last night - has been two of the best weeks of my life..
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