Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Kepler Track

The famous Milford Track was all booked, so we headed out on the three day Kepler Track, one of New Zealand's "Great Walks." Staying in huts along the way, complete with toilets and propane stoves, all we had to bring was a sleeping bag, food, and clothes. The first day we spent mostly in the forest, climbing up and up and up.

At the end of the afternoon, we were very happy to arrive at the hut. Being one of the great walks meant there were many other people at the hut, but everyone was friendly, and the scenic views were worth the crowds.

The second day we were treated to splendid views as we were above treeline for almost the entire day. The track wound its way over and among the mountain ridges and tired legs did not become tired until we descended back into the trees at the end of the day.

The third and final day of the track was long and in the trees. All in all, a beautiful three days and now it is very clear why the Lord of the Rings movies were made here. This country is fantastic.

1 comment:

  1. Peter MendallApril 17, 2007

    Ben, for a brief moment of time, while on the Kepler, our paths serendipidously united in the search for the illusive neutrino!
    Best Regards,

    Peter (Litchfield, Maine)