November 21st, 2007:

Ice is nice

For the second time in 2 years we find ourselves looking up at a glacier. This one isn’t quite as big as some of the ones we saw in Alaska but the Franz Josef glacier is impressive nevertheless. We arrived into the town of the same name this morning with hopes of doing a helicopter or plane ride around the glaciers and mountains but thick cloud cover made that impossible.

We enjoyed a couple of hours walk up to the glacier but to satisfy our thirst for adventure we went out on Quad bikes on a trip that wound around the rocky river bed, through the melt water and finally winding among the rain forest. Kathryn and I were the only couple on the trip not sharing a quad but I reckon we had more fun that way. Following quads we went out for a tasty meal where I had some of the biggest ribs I’ve ever seen and Kathryn had a great chicken burger. We might have a bit of a snooze in the morning before setting off on the longish trip south to Wanaka.