Girl Group Bus Photo
We arrived in Mt. Cook and I was greeted by 2 old acquaintances from Auckland (the teasing about how I knew everyone everywhere was getting out of hand at this point) as well as a game plan from Stray. Regardless, I had no time to think about any of this as I needed to drop my bags off in a hurry in order to make the glacier cruise. For the first time since jumping onto the Stray bus since Queenstown – the rains had stopped and there was a slight bit of blue sky visible once again. For the record, I was smart enough to know that I still needed to wear pants and not shorts on the glacier cruise (yes, there was a moment of hesitation but phew, I made the right choice in the end).
So I get onto the tour bus for the glacier tour and once again, my mobile’s going off like crazy. The tour guide gave me the all-knowing teacher stare as I was texting my little heart out instead of listening to whatever he was babbling on about. Since he felt it necessary to give me the teacher stare – I felt it was only fair for me to heckle him for the rest of the day. If I knew it was only his fifth day on the job then maybe I would have restrained (okay, maybe not but I would like to believe that I would have been nice enough to stop).
My favourite iceberg of the day
Regardless, because of the earthquake activity in Christchurch – there was more icebergs in the water where we were doing our glacier cruise. It was amazing – the colours and shapes of the ice. And after about 30 minutes – the most amazing part was how I felt like a human popsicle and yet my fingers didn’t just snap off despite how cold I was. The one activity that I would highly recommend after the glacier cruise is downing a cup of hot chocolate with a stick of Whittaker’s milk chocolate in it. Despite the buzz happening around us – it was as the hot chocolate warmed our frozen bodies after the 1 ½ hour glacier cruise that we truly smiled for the first time in days.
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View from a helicopter
The stop I was most looking forward to was Franz Josef so I could go on a glacier hike. I wanted to do the heli-hike that was going to cost me just shy of $400 but it was going to be well worth it. As instructed by the safety video – I disclosed the fact that I had 2 knee surgeries and my ACL reconstructed amongst other things and followed the instructions to show up before the group the morning of the hike.
I woke up early like a kid on Christmas Day to get everything together at warp speed so I could get over to the office as I was expecting to get special/extra safety instructions. What happened that morning was that I was denied by the guide to go on the hike as he didn’t take up people who had their ACL done. I get it would be an expensive hassle if I tweaked my knee on the glacier and for the record, it wasn’t his safety concern that pissed me off but the fact that nothing was said to me the day before. As I had tunnel vision about doing nothing but this hike in Franz Josef – I was left standing there at 8am with nothing to do all day and in a rather bad mood to put it mildly.
Hanging out on a glacier
So there I was in a mad scramble to figure out my day. Thankfully, I remembered that our fearless Stray Driver was doing the scenic flight and decided to crash his plans – after some mad texting and slight stalking on my part, he relentless gave up and was my buddy for the scenic flight…he loves having me around but will deny it to anyone who asks (just silly if you ask me). The scenic flight was beautiful and provided me with great photo opportunities but it didn’t help lighten my bad mood from being shut out from earlier this morning.
Before you start feeling sorry for me (I know it’s a long shot as I’m in NZ living the dream), I also
booked a horseback riding trip and simply put – it was amazing. Leo (my horse) and I got to go across rivers and into bush trails on a beautiful sunny day and nothing could have melted my sour mood better than that. I forgot about taking pictures and just relaxed and enjoyed the beauty of the region as Leo and I did our best to trek through everything without any incidents that would require expensive medical assistance or me falling off as I didn’t notice the tree branch in my way.
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