Mount Cook to the Milford Sound…………….

I checked out of my hotel room at the Hermitage after a nostalgic and rather expensive overnight stay, to be greeted by a grey and cloud filled valley that left Mount Cook and the Tasman glacier completely obscured from view, and I reflected on how fortunate I had been the previous day, to have made my “Pilgrimage” through a sunlit valley beneath a canopy of blue sky………..

 

My good fortune is not something that I take for granted, since I left home in early November, I have embraced everyday with an appreciation of how fortunate and privileged I am to be able to travel to, and experience, the wonderful places that I have been to, and the people that I have met along the way; it is the gift of freedom, a gift that many people in this world will never experience, or even dream that it exists, it is a precious gift, a gift that you cannot hang a price-tag on, and I will never be complacent about my good fortune in this charmed life……………………… I am indeed, a lucky man, a fact that  renders me extremely grateful and unapologetically happy………(*_*)

 

With the clouds engulfing Mount Cook and the Tasman glacier in my rear view mirror, I set off for Queenstown, when I eventually arrived, it was very crowded, and after driving past countless motels with “No vacancy” signs, I stopped to replenish the fuel tank of my little Hyundai and drove on to the Milford Sound, where I was lucky enough (again) to get the last available (tiny) room in a lodge there; this enabled me to book an early morning boat trip, which cruises through the sound out onto the Tasman Sea and back again

An hour or so after leaving Mount Cook, sunshine and blue sky prevailed and another river  and its obligatory bridge appeared alongside the road……………

Above and below, Lake Te Anau, which keeps the road to Milford Sound company for about 30 kilometers………………..

I arrived at the Milford Sound late afternoon, and the huge rock face’s of the sound had cast a premature shadow over the shoreline

Early morning, waiting quayside for the boat……………

The rest of the shots below were taken from the boat and do not, I think, need any attempt from me at description……………………….

2 thoughts on “Mount Cook to the Milford Sound…………….

    • Yes Liz……I’m in Dunedin, where it is 8am Wednesday and I have a ticket for the 1st day of the 1st test match NZ v England…….lovely little ground, I went there yesterday to watch the England team practicing in the nets……..then on Friday I fly from Christchurch to Sydney XX (*_*)