|The road to Mt Cook|
We made an early start on the road this morning and was soon skirting by Lake Pukaki with a low cloud allowing the odd shaft of sunlight on its surface.
The roads were deserted bar the odd campervan like ourselves mooching up toward Mount Cook. The lonely mountain was not our first call though, it was the Tasman Glacier. Unlike Franz Josef, this ice formation was not revealed until we had climbed to its rim.
When we reached the top, we beheld a sight that really made us think global warming is less scientific scaremongering and more real. There was a mounted sign that explained that the glacier retracts almost a km every year. We looked around us and the clouds had all gone and those that were here in the altitude of the mountain held a silence among them that had been uncommon in most of the tourists areas we had been. This could have been because we were all basking in the sun, but maybe seeing the decline triggered an alert in us all. Nevertheless, science and facts aside, it was a beautiful sight with boats powering across the melted glacial lake so that the tourists could see the remaining ice walls up close.
|Get your hair cut!|
One chap and his girlfriend turned their visit into a photoshoot as she gave a combination hair flick and sultry look whilst staring up at the sky.
|Michelle’s an understudy for Usain Bolt don’t you know!|
|Joy to the world!|
|Mt Cook – Up close|
and watching the sun set behind the mountains we walked into town to a company called Earth and Sky.
The Trip to Mt John Observatory
The tour to Mt John Observatory that Earth and Sky provide is so popular we had to book it the week before. Of all the tours that we had on the itinerary this was the one with the most risk attached and I don’t mean the type that involves health insurance. This singular enterprise involves a bus trip up Mt John which is closed to the public at night and a special invitation to view the night sky through the telescopes. The cost for the event is 140 dollars each which is non refundable if the heavens are covered by cloud as the tour of the observatory still takes place.