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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Road to Milford

The next morning, Real Journey's picked us up at the lodge & we boarded a bus at their offices in downtown Te Anau for our road trip to Milford Sound. It didn't take long for the rain to start pouring down & we began to pass over numerous rushing rivers.

I wasn't too happy sitting in the back of the bus. The windows were fogged up & rainy, so the picture taking wasn't too ideal.

We made it to Homer Tunnel - the entrance into Milford Sound & got out for a quick peak while we were waiting on traffic.

There is so much rain here & the water just pours off the mountain like streams with no place to go.

I'd highly recommend investing in a good jacket- it must be waterproof for a trip to New Zealand.

We were happy to get off the bus & enjoyed getting a little rained on.

It is a nearly mile long, one-way tunnel & traffic waits on either end to receive the signal to proceed through to the other side.

On the other side, you enter a spectacular valley, where you are surrounded on all sides by impossibly steep cliffs and hundreds of waterfalls.

The bus makes a quick stop at The Chasm, which is about a 5 minute hike from the parking lot.

The Cleddau River appears to be in a free fall once it goes over the edge & it's nearly impossible to catch a glimpse of the bottom of the falls due to all the mist created from the water hitting the rocks below at such great forces..

There are a few little bridges & an easily accessible path (as long as you don't mind getting a bit more wet.

GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: A rainy, stormy day in Houston makes a nice break from the extreme heat.

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