I have missed out on two days now as we were in the mountains with no wifi.
Recollection:Te Anau: Stopped for a break on the road at Te Anau, did the customary shopping, had a snack at the edge of the lake and then set out on the road up north toward Milford Sound.
Nick was at the wheel so as I was codriver I got to sit in front, a seriously scenic route up along by Lake Te Anau.
Parked up for the evening at Deer Flat freedom camp site which was about an hours drive from Te Anau just on the rivers edge.
Weather was a tad uncooperative so we tucked ourselves up in our camper for the evening.
We set off quite early the next morning for Milford Sound, had to make the customary stops to take in the view of numerous waterfalls due to the heavy overnight rain.
Got the ferry out at the sound and for two hours we sailed in this magical spot, out along until we reached the open sea. ( next stop Chile/ Argentina)).
This we were told by our guide is actually not a sound at all it is in fact a fjord.
But sound or fjord it is a sight to behold and experience.
Calm still water, mountains rising up, some covered in snow, others mist, numerous waterfalls. The stillness and serenity make this a special place. Hope heaven is like this.
We saw some fur seals and sailed right up to the biggest waterfalls. The sheer rockface in places was extraordinary over 1500 metres high.
Photography was pointless, as our guide said 'buy a postcard'
Met Enda and Catherine a couple from Navan who have a son working as an ED doctor in Greymouth. For quite a while Enda and I were the only two hardy souls on deck. ( It was rather chilly)
The trip was Nicks Christmas present from Conor so was a special trip indeed.
As we got back in our camper the Heavens opened and rain like I have rarely seen before pelted down.
We weathered it by having a slap up snack and set out eventually back to Deer Flat again.
The road stops at Milford Sound so one has no option but to retrace ones steps all the way back to Te Anau.
We took a walk through the forest, had a grand feast of burgers, chips and beer (wine for the ladies).
Layla learned and fell in love with Nic and Simon's creation 12's.
Layla said every child should learn it in school as it teaches addition, subtraction and multiplication. Get on to it Nic.
Snap, find the lady and the customary scrabble followed. Conor won again.
Layla also made up a game called Spin the Peach. Will let her describe that to you all.
A splendid day and evening.