I’ll explain that picture in a moment.
Today’s adventure was a trip to Milford Sound.
We started with a close to four hour drive. Our driver (Hi Jim!). We stopped a couple of times including a quick stop tea (or coffee in my case, of course), and another for a brief tea again in Te Anau on the way to Fiordland National Park.
Photos simply don’t do any of today’s activities justice. (Thought that didn’t stop me from snapping over 300!). As always, click on the photos for larger versions – look for the “All Sizes” link on the Flickr page.
After driving through miles of scenic farms (sheep, beef cattle and deer), mountains and lakes, we eventually entered what’s termed a temperate rain forest. At the begining one scenic stop was “Mirror Lakes”, for obvious reasons you can see above.
The rainforest itself is not unlike the rain forest on Washington’s own coast. The photo above is very reminiscent of the Hoh River valley back home.
Milford Sound itself (actually a fjord, having been carved by glaciers, ice and rock) is gorgeous beyond words. The hour and a half boat trip out to the Tasmanian Sea and back was wonderful. The photo above is at the far end of the trip, looking back at the entry to Milford Sound.
Now, about getting back.
I’d chosen to drive out and fly back. The drive out was wonderful, as I said, but long, so flying back seemed like a great choice. What I expected was a small aircraft, what I wasn’t expecting was a Cessna.
And neither was Kathy. So on this celebratory trip not only did she fly in the largest aircraft ever (the A380 on the way over), but also now the smallest she’s ever been in – the Cessna 185 pictured at the top of the page.
The flight was only a little bumpy – flying over those same mountains we saw coming in will do that – and very quick. Within 45 minutes or so we were back on the ground in Queenstown.
All in all, another great day and adventure.
As always, more pictures at LeosPictures.com (be sure to click on “All Sizes” on each photo’s page at Flickr for larger versions.)