A wet, snowy, icy, cold but lovely walk!

This morning we woke up at 7am which is usual for us…however we usually go back to sleep until 8.30am…not today though! We leapt out of bed, had showers, brushed teeth etc and then headed on our way, managing to leave the campsite by 8.30am…new record!
We drove for just over two hours to get to Mount Cook…unfortunately we didn’t have very good weather, like thick fog and snow storms sort of not good weather. But once again we carried on and embraced it and got very very wet! We drove past the most beautiful coloured lake I have ever seen, called Lake Pukaki, it was a very bright blue colour and didn’t really look real…just stunning!
When we got there we went to the information centre to check that the weather wasn’t effecting any of the walks and they weren’t dangerous, luckily we were given the all clear. After a quick (and rather yummy) sandwich and apple we started the long 3 hour Hooker Valley Trail.
I had 7 layers on and Elliot had 6, and we soon regretted them and both got rather too hot quite quickly! The walk could have been absolutely stunning, and it was rather amazing, but because the clouds were covering most of the mountains we couldn’t see too much…we did look at pictures of it in the sun afterwards and just imagined we had seen that. As always though, we decided that actually if we had done this walk in summer, there would have been hundreds of people, we would have been far too hot, and actually it was far more fun trying to cover every part of our face in order not to get hit by hail stones…ever looking on the bright side!
The walk had lots of swing bridges and lots of cool little paths and we could hear avalanches going off all around us which made it that little bit more adventurous…don’t worry parents, the avalanches were miles away…
When we got to Hooker Valley we saw very small icebergs which was really cool, although we were being pelted with hail stones at this point and blown off our feet too, so we didn’t stay long!
When we got back to Joey we were both sopping wet, cold, but full of energy and so pleased we had done the whole thing!
Sitting in all of our wet stuff we then decided to not stick to our original plan of staying in Mount Cook and risk being snowed in, so instead we drove an hour to Lake Tekapo for the night. The lake was very much like Lake Pukaki in colour, and we had the most gorgeous view of it from our spot in the campsite…hopefully the snow will stop falling by tomorrow so we can get some good photos of it!
I was really really exhausted so cooked a quick meal of swordfish, lentils, broccoli and some pesto on top. We then got an early night ready for another exciting and hopefully more sunny day tomorrow!

Bye for now

XXX

This is what the weather looked like most of the day...
This is what the weather looked like most of the day…
At the beginning of the Hooker Valley walk
At the beginning of the Hooker Valley walk
On a swingbridge loving the rain
On a swingbridge loving the rain
Loved this path, so mysterious!
Loved this path, so mysterious!
Trying to show you the amazing blue colour...doesn't quite come out as well as I hoped
Trying to show you the amazing blue colour…doesn’t quite come out as well as I hoped
My master chef dinner!
My master chef dinner!
Two duvets, three blankets...it was a cold night!
Two duvets, three blankets…it was a cold night!

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