Saturday, January 7, 2012

Milford Sound

 To get to Milford Sound you have to go through a long one way tunnel.  It is controlled by a signal light which you can see in the picture is red for us.  It was built through solid rock using picks and shovels.  It took a long time to complete.  The tunnel is called Homer Tunnel.
 It was a rainy day which is good in this area.  When it rains there are waterfalls all over the mountain.  This was taken while waiting to go through Homer Tunnel.
 The bus stopped at a place called the Chasm.  It is about a 15 minute walk through lush green foliage.  Along the walk is a small lake called Mirror Lake and is suppose to reflect.  However,  when it is overcast you don't see the reflection.  It was a beautiful walk.
 We spent the night on this boat at Milford Sound.  We had our own room and they fed us dinner and breakfast. The chef was fantastic and the food was delicious.
 The rain created waterfalls all over the mountains.  Some of the mountains are 6,000 feet and the water falls down from the top of them.

That night we went out in a small boat and came across a school of dolphins.  The boat could go up right next to them.  Our cameras shutter is a little slow so we only got the fins.

 The seals are also a little tired from their days at sea.

 The boat took us up right next to the waterfalls.  Don only got a little wet in this picture.

The next morning we went out to the Tasman Sea.  It was beautiful but a little windy and cold.

December 29, 2011

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