This day I had this thought of quitting my job and fly off to South America. The thought still linger even as this entry is logged and I post it on my Facebook page. Little I realise, I may have some potential future travel companions [if the scheduled date is match]. I should build list of places I wanna go to since I have a couple in mind already like Africa [Morocco, kenya and namibia are part of it], UAE, Prague, Moscow, and Turkey. And I should re-visit my 101 bucket list as well, but too lazy to do it now.
Franz Joseph Glacier Trekking
Back to NZ trip log, Arrived in Franz Joseph the night before, I stayed in YHA Franz Joseph (YHA-FJ). I crash myself in this four bunk bed mix dorm and share it with a French family of a mother a father and their five years old son. For a place in remote area like this, the dorm is surprisingly cozy, tho by far, the Canterbury house in CHC offered me a better comfort. They have a common kitchen which quiet practical as they dun have curfeu hour for kitchen. Regardless, I am too lazy with food during travelling, and in small town like this, food is something difficult to get. So I ended up having cup noodle for dinner instead, and some slice bread for breakfast.
Woke up in the morning, Y and I walk to the meeting point for trekking to Franz Joseph Glacier. Oh noted, Ben Murphy, the guide, has a hot body :D [hey I am allowed to perve since I am single] and he has a mole on his cheek like Enrique Iglesias, :D. Weather forecast wasn't so friendly tho, but surprise surprise, our luck with weather is just getting better. During the trek on the ice, I can see some falling rock, not sure how the heck did this even happen here. Since I walk at the far back of the group, sometimes I had to make a few stops to avoid the falling rock and left behind.
|Franz Joseph Glacier|
|rocks layer, quite interesting tho I only learnt geology and mineral formation for one semester, I dun understand much, duh...! should ask Y's dad|
|getting closer and weather is clearer|
|looking back, this is the river hundreds and thousands years ago where glacier flow to the sea|
|TJ is diging the ice|
|this is random, Y ask me to take the pic, look at the guy's pants and the girl's bag|
|Rain forest on the way back|
After trekking on the glacier, we went for lunch down town of Franz Joseph. I had salmon egg benedict [still my favourite]. Trying to keep up with protein intake, but can't expect much out of it. I drove us to Lake Matheson right after the lunch [brunch?]. I did a bush walking with Y around the lake to capture the glimpse of the Franz Joseph & Fox glaciers. The attempt to capture the reflection island is rather a failure as the wind ripple the water, not to mention there's a blonde swan swimming. [read: a girl who happened to be Y's superior daughter at her work place, suddenly took off her dress and jumped into the lake wearing two piece bikini]. Regardless, by far, this place is one of my best moment of my trip. It's so quiet here, the weather is so nice, the view is magical, and the conversation with Y is one of the quality ones I could possibly have with her as best friends.
|bush walking heading to lake matheson|
|by the river|
|supposedly to be reflection island, but it ripple|
|at least I can see my own reflection|
|but we managed to capture it from different side|
Moving on, we're trying to find a way to view Fox Glacier but it didn't seem to be fruitful as we couldn't manage to find a good spot. So we head back to YHA FJ and have a rest after long drive. Back at downtown FJ, Seb messaged me to see if I were OK only to realise that Christchurch has been rocked by another two major earthquake. Lucky we left already. but what worries me is that I will be flying to north island from there and wondering if my accommodation still stand after the tremor. When dinner comes, argh another problem, haha I ordered this so called thai food, I definetly can cook 3X tastier and presentable than this so called wok box something.