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Friday, July 9, 2010

Private Alpine Lake

The heli-flight continued past Mt. Aspiring and over some spectacular rock formations.

Being near the tops of so many peaks was an amazing experience.

You get a unique appreciation for all the patterns and formations of the mountains and can only imagine how mother nature formed such beauty.

We ended up near this amazing lake at the top of a mountain.

The pilot landed & we were able to stand on the shores & be surrounded by cliffs still towering above us.

As a snow and glacier fed lake, it was incredibly clear and a beautiful shade of blue.

It was so unreal (and cold!) to be standing there...where so few other people had ever been.

The rocks on the shoreline were these cool flat, round, thin guys.

We watched as wind lapped little waves along the shoreline.

One of the many gorgeous peaks towering over us.

Another one of my absolute favorite photos from our trip- top of the world, gorgeous and private.

On the way back to Wanaka, more striking mountains mixed with greenery and snow.

Bye-bye beautiful lake!

As we took off, we got some great views of the little beach area where we'd landed.

Getting ever further away, you get some perspective on how small this little lake is compared to the surroundings and how it's perfectly tucked into the mountain.

GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: Headed back to San Diego today...hopefully to have some fun!

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