Friday, September 4, 2009

NZ: Milford Sound

That's Mirror Lake, which is on the wayto Milford Sound.
And that's one of my most favorite pictures from the whole trip.

We took a bus ride to Milford Sound from Queenstown, which is a four-hour drive. The last two hours are filled with particularly beautiful scenery ...

The bus was built for trips like this! All the windows made viewing the gorgeous scenery even easier. In addition to the windows, the back seats are built up higher so allow more visibility.

The water in this creek was so pure that it was drinkable.

Once at Milford Sound, we took a scenic cruise on the fiord. [Doesn't that word take you back to elementary school geography? So, to refresh your memories, like mine needed, a fiord is a long, narrow inlet with steep sides, created in a valley carved by glacial activity, as Wikipedia words it.] Needless to say, it was magnificent.

Everybody was pointing and ooh-ing and ah-ing ...

That's Mitre Peak in the center. It's the most famous peak
around Milford Sound, and probably in all of Fiordland.

And not only was it beautiful. We also saw dolphins, seals and a penguin just living their lives.

[Yep, more photos are out there. Check my Facebook album.]

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