Weekly photo challenge: Change

Last March I went on a trip around the top of the South island in New Zealand. I visited the mighty Franz Joseph glacier on a day trip. Geared with crampons we climbed into the helicopter to be flown to the ice mass. Franz Joseph is ever changing. Our guide told us that within about…

Travel theme: land meets water

Land meets water in Te Anau, a small town in New Zealand and gateway to Milford Sound. Although Milford Sound is magical, this lake should not be forgotten. It’s a good place to go for a stroll along the water’s edge, through the bush.

Franz up close

My initial meeting with Franz was as a little human looking up at the awesomeness of the glacier from a viewpoint in the glacier valley. That same day I had a booked a glacier explorer, so in the afternoon I hauled my ass into a suit and then a helicopter. The ride, although only four minutes,…

Top of the sounds

I’d read about it. I’d heard about it. I didn’t know much about it, other than that I wanted to do it. The Queen Charlotte track is a multiple day walk through the beautiful Marlborough sounds in the top of the South Island. I had the ambitious plan of walking it in three days, which…

Meeting Franz for the first time

Ever since I saw the glacier at the end of the Hooker Valley track in Mt Cook, I’ve been meaning to go to Franz Joseph. I wanted to walk on a glacier and see the thing up close. It took me a while, but in my last trip through New Zealand, I finally managed to…

A do it yourself souvenir

I felt a bit uneasy walking into Steven and Robyn’s backyard. I arrived on a long driveway surrounded by meadows. I hesitated briefly before I continued. Was this the right place? Robyn hurried to introduce herself. She found an old shirt for me and gave me gloves and safety glasses. Before I knew it I…