Adventuring in New Zealand- part the 12th
“I want to see mountains again, Gandalf! Mountains! And then I want to find a nice quiet place to edit my thesis.” – Bilbo Baggins, Fellowship of the Ring
At least I think he said that. You might want to double check before quoting me on it.
Today was mostly bus funtime. From 7:30 AM until almost 5 PM I sat on a bus. For the first 40 minutes we didn’t have heat. Since it was only a few degrees above freezing, I had to be prepared.
We did take a few breaks along the way and the scenery was breathtaking. In case you were worried, here is your last shot of grapevines with mountains in the background:
We travelled over hill and dale. Through misty valleys:
Along the coast:
Turning inland eventually and following the Southern Alps. Finally we made it to Franz Josef, a town of ~400 people and twice that in tourists.
Including me. This is the view from in front of my hostel. The view fro the main street is even better.
I think I’ve found the mountains Bilbo was talking about. Now if I could just finish editing my thesis…