Tuesday, April 5, 2011

weekend wanderings...

 so we started along this path on a beautiful sunny Saturday..
clear blue skies the whole way... even though there were warnings that the weather might turn bad later in the day .. or on Sunday
 we reached the top of the ridge... to here ... and I tell you, it was slog the whole way! My thighs are still burning despite the stretch at yoga class last night!
 where we were planning on staying the night ... but was not recommended by DOC due to inclement weather on its way, so we ate lunch, and toddled back down the "hill". We were climbing with the architect who designed this building, he was fascinated as he had only ever been helicoptered in during the building and for the opening about 8 years ago, and had never walked in before, so he was pretty stoked!
managed to catch this avalanche in full motion, absolutely amazing, usually by the time you hear an avalanche, it is all over.. but this one was a biggie, and very close by. We heard many over the day, but mostly they were on the other side of the mountains.
Fantabulous views! In the pikkie above you can see the trail meandering in the Hooker Valley to the Glacial Lake Hooker, with the Majestic Mt Cook .. or Aoraki, in the background
...and quite a bit of snow.... winter heading our way huh!
 I hope your weekend was a good one too!


By Hoki Quilts said...

Hey Shiree, did you see all that brilliant blue sky on the other side of Mt Cook? That was here, we had a fab weekend weather wise.
Geez, devils for punishment - a gentle stroll?
Yum, a new cheese shop : ))

Chookyblue...... said...

wow what a beautiful walk............glad you did it cause I never would make it.......

Nicky said...

Stunning photos Shiree - that is quite a hike! Love the avalanche one, chance of a lifetime there.

Lorraine said...

Briliant pics! Loved sharing the experience through your blog...not sure how I would have gone on the climb! Burning thighs?...i think my whole body would have been protesting! Mind you with a view like that it would have been worth it!

Marlene said...

Brilliant photos and how wonderful to catch the avalanche. Great walk in such glorious weather.
Thanks for sharing the beauty.

Bev C said...

Hello Shiree,

Just love the last photo.
Happy days.

Tatkis said...

Fantastic photos! Thank you very much for sharing!

Best wishes,

Terry said...

What a beautiful place to see! And that avalanche picture is amazing!

Allie said...

What a GORGEOUS place - a wonderful weekend!

Sew Useful Designs said...

Oh WOW Shiree!
Wish I was there too! When I lived in England my ex-husband and I would often go walking up "hills" like the one you've pictured! I really miss that although I don't think I'm as fit as I was in my twenties!!!

Thanks for sharing those amazing photographs!

Vikki xoxoxo

marina said...

love seeing pics of your home. One day we would love to return there and see more loveliness! (and even a patchwork shop in Twizel?)