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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Blue Pools Hike

After our heli-flight, we headed out on the next segment of our drive, over the Alps & up along the west coat to a tiny town called Fox Glacier.

One of the walks that we'd heard about repeatedly is the Blue Pool hike just north of Makarora, which is a very small portion of the Blue Valley Track.

The train was easily accessible to most people & it's so peaceful to walk through such ancient forests surrounded by giant trees.

Just a few minute hike from the car & we were crossing bridge and seeing spectacular water.

The pools weren't as blue as I've seen them in some photos, but they were gorgeous nonetheless.

We walked a bit further down the trail until we could walk along the river's edge.

Gotta love a well-placed rock & the self-timer on the camera.

There was this really interesting geologic area. It was a giant wall of very brittle, thin sheets of rock.

Up close, this rock wall was just crumbling and flaking apart.

See the fish? H wished we'd had a pole!

There were two narrow suspension bridges to cross the Makarora River. It's a easy, fun little hike & a nice break during a long day of riding in the car.

GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: Headed to Miami today for work...hopefully it won't be death-heat down there.

1 comment:

Amanda said...

That is a beautiful area! I remember seeing Glacier waters in southern Alaska and how amazingly blue/green they were. I love your photos.