Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tramping Around Arthur's Pass

I have a ton of great pictures to post today.  I went tramping (hiking) around Arthur's Pass with people from Church over Easter Weekend.  It was a two day tramp with lots of river crossing.  We didn't clime up any hills or mountains, we just followed a river for about five hours, crossing through it roughly ten times per day.  It was a great experience and I got to see a lot of beautiful sights in New Zealand.

The first day it was quite foggy out, which gave me some very interesting pictures, with clouds gathered around the tops of the mountains.  Here are the pictures from the first day, there will be captions for some of the pictures:

An interesting fungus I found at the tramp's start.
My first view of the river we will be crossing

River close up.

Right before we started the tramp.

Took off the jacket and traded the hat for something cooler.

Hidden waterfall.
This waterfall was pretty far away, but I think I got a decent picture of it.
Me and Jack, having made it to the cabin we stayed the night at.

After the first day we stayed in a place called a Hut.  It was a large cabin we shared with the other people who were tramping.  We had a nice supper and played a lot of card games.  We also had a bonfire and made some New Zealand smores.  They don't have graham crackers in New Zealand so we used some biscuits (cookies) with chocolate on them.

The next day there was fewer clouds out, so I got some nice shots of the mountains.  Here the pictures from then:

There was a little tram to get across the river.

We only went half way.

Some now near the top of the mountains.

I had an amazing time tramping.  Was just about the most beautiful place I've been too.  Next post will probably be detailing my trip with my parents, when they come to New Zealand.

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