New Zealand Day 4: Hooker Valley

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We spent today hiking through the Hooker Valley trail. Truthfully, it wasn’t much of a hike but a really long walk, and a beautiful one. We were surrounded on all sides by the mountains which were covered with ice. Along side the trail ran a fast flowing river with milky white water. The scariest part of the walk was getting over these bridges that were suspended along the gaps where there wasn’t land to walk on. It was hard not to stop right in the middle though, because were surrounded on either side by beautiful white water.

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It rained pretty hard a couple times during the 6 mile walk, enough for my jacket to get soaked through but the walk was well worth it.
At the end of trail was the most beautiful icy blue lake I’ve ever seen, and the best part was that it had glacier ice in it! I even got to hold a piece of it. Right in front of us we could see the glacier from which the ice had broken off.
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This six mile walk took us about four hours to do, mostly because we kept stopping to snap photos- sometimes I really wish that I had a real mental camera, because nothing that I catch in photos can even compare to seeing it in person. Even on the way back it seemed like we still hadn’t captured every possible shot- the mountain looked clearer, cleaner when the sun came out over it.

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Our day was supposed to end with us driving over to Lake Tekapo, where we had rented a house in town. Unfortunately, there was an accident in the road, and someone passed away, so they closed the one and only road to Lake Tekapo and we couldn’t get out. We scrambled to find a place to stay and ended up finding a hostel that had 5 beds available. Apparently there is also a planetarium close by where we will be going later tonight for star gazing.

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It’s because of situations like these that I feel that traveling teaches you more than how to get from place to place. I’ve never been someone whose good at dealing with changes in my plans- im still not good at it. It’s still making me upset that I have to deal with not staying in a comfortable place, having limited WiFi and I know I’m not going to get much sleep tonight because we have to take off to our next place at 6 AM tomorrow. But I’m also grateful that I’m in one of the most beautiful places in the world, that my family and I are alive and well and that I have a warm bed to sleep in tonight even though things didn’t work out the way that I planned. I always try to remind myself that good excitement- happiness- and bad excitement- anxiety- are the same type of feeling, and when I feel anxious, I can try to channel that same energy into something positive. That’s what I’m trying to do tonight. Who knows? Maybe we will get to see the stars tonight in one of the best possible parts of the sky. More on that in tomorrow’s post!

P.S. Check out my instagram for more on Jade, my new travel companion! She’ll have her own photo series on my website soon.