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Published: July 31st 2004
Surrounded by beautiful scenery
I don't think there is a way to capture this scenery on film in a way that shows the scale of the place. Glaciers 2+km thinch carved this scenery!
A more reasonable start this morning a cushie 9.50am pick-up from my hostel by the kayak instructor Wayne. Yes, I am going kayaking again - this is the one place I was determined to have a go at it before I even arrived in N.Z. so despite being on many kayak trips already, I booked a full day trip - surely I should be good at it by now....
This is the furthest south I have been on my trip and this was also set to be the coldest trip I had been on to date, so I was pretty pleased that the kayak folk had lovely matching stripey thermal gear to dress up in as well as fleeces, beanies (hats) and spray jackets in a fabulous shade of purple.
Back in a tandem kayak - which are supposed to be more stable, however, I was paired up with an American woman who turned out to be the most annoying person I have met so far on this trip.
It started when she was rocking the the kayak and I responded with an array of squeals and colourful language, but there was nothing to worry about because Linda has her own sea-kayak at home
Instructor Wayne with half chewed paddle (don't ask) and the magnificent Milford scenery.
in Martha's Vineyard . This temporarily gave me some confidence, although this was quickly shattered when she boasted stories of 'kayak-chicken' this is the same game as some idiots play in cars, so as you can imagine I was a little nervous. The water was so cold I really did not want to fall in here, but still managed to have a few nearies, no thanks to Linda sitting behind me.
Despite my kayak partner having her own vessel and her insistence on steering she was rubbish - partly I reckon because she refused to follow my directions. As the navigator sitting at the front with the best view she should be listening to me but hey-ho she thinks she knows best - and she consistently made sure I knew that throughout the trip.
Well probably should stop this bitching now - I could say so much more, and yes - she did kind of ruin the trip a wee bit. However, I still saw immense scenery and varied wildlife during the trip and I didn't capsize which is always a bonus. Later on in the trip my technique improved and poor old Linda couldn't keep up ...hehehe...
The low cloud gave the fiord a more mysterious atmosphere than I experienced yesterday and I am glad that I stayed here overnight so I could experience Milford in different conditions.
After all the fresh air I decided to have an early night which ensured I was once again cosy in my bed before the power went off.
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