After Kinloch Lodge, Anna, Luca, and I ventured onwards to Wanaka, where we explored Mount Aspiring National Park. We woke early to catch the crisp and frosty morning setting.
Lets talk about this frost. In the North East of the USA, we usually get a light, delicate frost in the early mornings of late Fall, but it is not like the frost you see on the Island of New Zealand. This frost grows, and grows, and grows, feeding off of the cold nights and moist air. It forms into a flower-like shape, making you sometimes mistake it for snow.
We decided last minute to walk up to the Rob Roy Glacier, which was about a 4 hour return hike. The hike led you through a beautiful gorge.
At the end of the path a glorious glacier was there to meet us. It was amazing to be so close to one, but also depressing to realize how much it has shrunk. Glaciers are always a reminder of climate change.
The next day we departed ways with Anna, which was very sad. I really do hate saying “good bye.” You would think that it would get easier, but it really never does. We have plans to see each other next year in the USA, so I am looking forward to those plans coming together. Until then!