Well the road to Milford and Milford Sound Cruise have completely blown me away. All unbelievably awesome huuuge views. I simply don’t have the vocabulary to describe what the last couple of days have been like. Well they say a picture tells a thousand words so here goes:
On the road from Te Anau to Milford …
Big Mountains …
Milford Sound from shoreline walk
Waterfall, Milford Sound Cruise
Mountains from Milford Sound
Today I had the option of doing one of two walks. Lake Marian or Key Summit – well thank fuck I opted for Lake Marian. 3 hour return supposedly – took me at least 3 and half and that’s not taking into account photo stops. The two hour up (UP being the operative word) involved a lot of clambering over boulders, tree stumps and tree roots.
The twin combo of my lack of observational skills and some partially obscured way markers at key points meant a bit more clambering than was strictly necessary… Fortunately I was put back on the right track by other walkers before I’d gone too far wrong clambering over a boulder slope you just wouldn’t believe. The walk went through beautiful beech forest and the end point was oh so worth it:
Ferns, Lake Marian track
Me hips and knees took a bit of a battering but I made it and on the way back more views of that gushing river that was my guide (up to a point).
The drive back to Te Anau was no less stunning than the drive the other way. At Cascade Creek there were fields full of these beautiful flowers (who’s name escapes me)
Lake Te Anau
So sensory overload over for another day. It’s back to camp for me and possibly a meal out this evening.