Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe

A wilderness of tussocks and muffins

Arrowtown has sprouted several more cafes and delis, and some more metal sculptures as well as a shop selling the corrugated iron animals. Bought muffins and venison pies and lemon and jam puffs to sustain us on the road for a long driving day. Fed muffin to Simon as we drove over Cardrona to the accompaniment of baby bird peeping noises and many bad puns. Am wearing a Cardrona Hotel Speights Tshirt today so posed for a photo outside said hotel. Back through Wanaka, with a diversion to the transport museum and wool shop where I was somewhat restrained but picked up more wools for my Driving through New Zealand Spring scarf. Then back onto 6 for Haast, passing the hay bale hiker.

Some time after Cameron Flat it began raining and the rest of the day is mostly Driving In Driving Rain. We stopped to watch the pale blue water gush and plummet through the Gates of Haast but passed up all the other viewpoints. Stopped at Knight's Point lookout to eat lunch without getting out of the van (funnily, it's not enough rain to wash away the sandflies).

Passed two white gumboots nailed to a tree stump and WORLD BAR SECRET HQ camoflage hut (shhh!). Misty mountains loom up out of the rain.

Up the side road for a view of Fox glacier past a warm spring (cool! says Simon, and then 'bloody cold for a warm spring'). Waterfalls gushing, streams streaming, ditches brimming etc. Is Wet.

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