Yippeeeeeee, we woke up this morning to bright sunshine and not a cloud in site…quite a change from the black clouds and constant rain yesterday!
We got up, Elliot cooked us breakfast as usual while I tidied and got the camper ready. We then drove the LONG journey of about 10 seconds to the Glacier adventure! We got all dressed up in their waterproof trousers, jackets, boots etc. Looking the part for ice exploring we walked (I more skipped with excitement) to the helipads!
I had never been on a helicopter, so for me that was the most exciting part of the trip! Elliot has managed to get a hilarious video of me in the helicopter, mouth and eyes wide open with amazement! Franz Josef Glacier was incredible, it is one of the three glaciers in the world that lead into a rainforest which makes for an awesome view! Again I really recommend you go and do the ice explorer trip if you get the chance. We spent three hours on the ice, going through crevasses, sliding through caves and taking hundreds (and I mean hundreds) of pictures! This one cave that we slid through was tiny, we were on our backs and holding onto a rope above us to stop us sliding too fast. At first the cave was fine, but nearer the bottom the ceiling of the cave was practically touching our faces! It was really amazing, but if you are claustrophobic I wouldn’t advise doing it!
The rest of the trip was huge fun and how lucky we were to get such a beautiful day, nearly shorts and a t-shirt weather…nearly…
On the trip the guide asked us all if we had felt the earthquake this morning…we both laughed as we thought she was joking, we had obviously felt no earthquake…but there was one. I have just researched about it, and it turns out there have actually been quite a few while we have been here, but this particular one was exactly where we were and it was marked down as ‘strong’ so clearly we are both heavy sleepers!
Anyway enough about earthquakes, I don’t want to be worrying both of our parents anymore than we already have done with skydives etc!
The return journey on the helicopter was ridiculously cool as I was allowed to sit next to the pilot, this was awesome and once again I sat there with mouth and eyes wide open in complete amazement of what we had just done and the fact that I felt like I was basically driving the heli!
When we got back down to the ground and handed our kit back we were allowed into the hot pools which (not surprisingly) were really hot! We had a lovely time there switching from the three different temperature pools before heading back to the same campsite as last night.
Dinner tonight was slightly different…the campsite were having an all you can eat pizza night, so naturally we joined in, and ate A LOT of pizza trying to challenge the chef on just how many he could make! Elliot definitely beat me and ate about four pizzas…admittedly he did feel quite sick later!
We met some kiwi experience people and had a great evening having drinks with them!
What an awesome day we had and can’t describe how lucky we were with the weather!
Bye for now
Sitting next to the pilot on the flight back!