Wildernest: I have TWO condos. One condo is owned by a friend of mine, who’s letting me have it for the weekend for $100. It’s near where we were last year, Treehouse condos. The problem is… their Rec Ctr burned to the ground and there is NO hot tub or swim pool! Sooooooo, I got another condo up the road 1/2 mile that has 3 beds AND a HOT TUB (or two!)
It was definitely cold when I got home. There was about 3 inches of snow every, crystal clear, and felt much colder than -4F. I think I’ll be able to sleep for at least three days…
We headed back to Sumner to take the high road, which runs a ridge-line high above Christchurch. We went to the eastern end of the peninsula, where there’s a farm with sheep and cattle sharing an unbelievable view northwest through Christchurch with old gun emplacments.
Well, today started out with a bang. Literally. Actually it was more like a whoop-whoop-whoop. A New Zealand Air Force helicopter landed about 100 feet behind our A-frame, and the Alpine Center. It must have been Search and Rescue training, since the loaded up with people in bright red-orange jackets, and took off about an hour later, heading up towards the Mueller Glacier area.
Today we took a tramp (a walk, not a person) up towards the Hooker Glacier. We headed up a canyon covered with huge gravel moraines left when the 6 glaciers that worked this valley retreated at various times. We continued right on past the terminal of the Mueller Glacier, up towards the Hooker (Glacier, that is).