After the Kepler
Trip Start Jan 14, 2008
20Trip End Feb 21, 2008
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As Sidney mentioned, our tramp on the Kepler Track in Fiordland National Park took us high over the fiords of Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri
Since this was our first tramp staying in huts, and since we didn't carry tents or sleeping pads, our packs were relatively light. New Zealanders typically use the huts instead of tents; it's a different experience than camping out--a little like being in a tour group with no leader or schedule, just with everyone having the same itinerary. The first night there were 60 trampers in the hut; not one empty bunk. All around us there was scenery that could have been a set for the Lord of the Rings, but on our fourth and last day of the tramp, we actually did pass the location where, in the film, Frodo and friends were sent on in boats by the elves down a broad, swift, and flat river--a lovely spot.
It truly IS a small world--on the tramp we ran into a recent Dartmouth grad who knew several NOC instructors. And for my family in Vermont, if you run into Theodore or Andrea Ambrose, please tell them we ran into their daughter Alex in the motor camp before we left
We leave tomorrow morning for a day of kayaking on Milford Sound, followed by two tramps back to back--the Caples Track and the Routeburn Track.
Happy Birthday on February 11 to Suzanne Vincent!
P.S. We are coming to really like Te Anau, and it worked its way deeper into our hearts last night when we settled into big cushy seats at the local cinema, which, except for Sunday nights, shows a NZ nature documentary almost continuously. Last night it was The Golden Compass, which we had all read and had wanted to see (but it didn't come to Sylva!). The movie was so-so, but we loved it anyway. It's hard to beat a theater where your popcorn is served in a large ceramic bowl. Perfect.