Hey little Willow,Hope you had a wonderful Aussie Day!
We’re all good here, settled into our campsite at Greymouth.
Dad racked up the k’s today, making sure we can slow down a bit from here out.
We kicked off the day with a trip to Puzzling World! It was very cool, full of optical illusions, puzzles and a maze!
The toilets were probably mums favourite part, all painted up tricksy!
We did a quick re-stock before hitting the open, or rather, windy, rainforesty, waterfally road!
Ferns! So many ferns! And waterfalls and raging ice blue rivers! This place is incredible!
On Haast Past we pulled over at Willows creek, satisfying mums need to fill her water bottle from one of the amazingly blue water, and of course getting a few pics for you!
We passed so many great walking tracks, but sadly our tight schedule did not allow any random stops.
So over the ranges and through the forests we went.
Dead possums and stoats littering the roadsides.
Our big stop for the day was Fox Glacier!
And let me tell you, mum and Dad made NO friends with the girls hiking in to that!
Baldwin Street has nothing on Fox Glacier!
It was hard yards!
Mum kept referring to Jurassic Park, and it was very much like that!
A monsterously huge slate and stone gorge, bordered by gigantic green cliffs on either side!
We hiked over streams and bridges, and up the final crazy ascent, and were rewarded with our first Glacier view!
Dad and the girls were not impressed. But it was incredibly hard to breathe by this point. And our body temperatures had risen by at least 100 degrees!
We had a few snaps, admired the sheer size and age of our surroundings, and headed back down, with choppers zooming overhead, delivering guests straight to the glacier itself.
Dad wished he was in one.
To help you get a grasp of the discomfort, by the time we got to the bottom, Dad had peeled off his track pants, shirt and coat, and was hiking in a thermal top and boxers.
From here we make a beeline for Greymouth.
We’ve crossed a bazillion one way bridges today, and watched the countryside change from snow, to sea, to rainforest, to farmland and back to sea.
And it’s so darn green and beautiful it blows me away at every corner.
And there are LOTS of corners!
We pulled up at Haast to try and get some whitebait, but were left disappointed, seems we’re 2 weeks early for Whitebait season. Bugger.
We made it in here as the sun set, our latest stop yet, but as I said, worth it for a cruisy-er last few days.
Tomorrow mum has a special date lined up with some Pike River families, and from there, who knows!
All I know is that it will be less full on than today!
I’m off to help supervise dinner, finally getting in some veggies, and some lamb!
Our first for the trip.
Mums considering vegetarian-ism however, as the animals here are just so darn cute!
Nigh nigh Willow, we will sleep tonight with the sounds of the West Coast waves crashing in the night!
Love Stan xx