On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Today, pictures from valued commenter 🐾BillinGlendaleCA.

Now that we marveled at Mirror Lakes, enjoyed the view at Pop’s View and survived the Chasm, our traveler has arrived at her destination, Milford Sound. Milford Sound went undiscovered for a number of years by European explorers since the entrance to the sound is somewhat hidden along the coastline and some explorers were fearful of the fiords waters. The sound was carved by glaciers in the last ice age, much like California’s Yosemite Valley, but if filled with water. The area receives the most rainfall of any area in New Zealand giving the cliffs a green accent along with spectacular waterfalls.

Taken on 2018-09-27 00:00:00

Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand

As we move away from land though the sound and out to Tasman Sea, we can spy Bowen Falls near our starting point.

Taken on 2018-09-27 00:00:00

Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand

While Milford Sound has an abundance of temporary waterfalls, there are only two permanent falls. We’ve already seen Bowen falls, Stirling falls is the second. The glacial water from Mt. Pembroke fall about 450 feet to the waters of Milford Sound.

Taken on 2018-09-27 00:00:00

Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand

As our adventurer reaches the mouth of Milford Sound, she admires the sheer cliffs shrouded in clouds with the bluest sky she’s ever seen.

Taken on 2018-09-27 00:00:00

Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand

We’ve now moved out of the sound and into the Tasman Sea. Dale Point was one of the reasons why Milford Sound remained uncharted by European explorers because the sound bends around Dale Point.

Taken on 2018-09-27 00:00:00

Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand

Our adventurer begins her investigation of Milford Sound standing on the shore and spying Mitre Peak across the water of the sound. Mitre Peak rises to a height of 5560 feet out of the waters of Milford Sound making an impressive introduction to the wonders of this place.

 

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8 replies
  1. 1
    JPL says:

    What an amazing vacation.

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    @JPL: She had a really good time, especially jumping off perfectly good bridges and out of perfectly good airplanes.

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    JPL says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Has she planned her next vacation yet?

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    @JPL: She and her mother were planning on going to China, but that’s been nixed; so the plans are up on the air.

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    Wag says:

    Spectacular photos, as always. Thanks!

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    It appears that New Zealand is more scenic than Muncie, Indiana.

    Steve in the Boondocks

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    satby says:

    Incredibly beautiful! The kid picked up quite a few skillz from you Bill!

    @Steve in the ATL: everywhere is more scenic than Muncie. Even South Bend.

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    @Wag: Your’e welcome, the kid thanks y’all for your kind comments.

    @Steve in the ATL:

    It appears that New Zealand is more scenic than Muncie, Indiana.

    I think that’s a safe bet. What did you do to get sent to Muncie? I was bad and got sent to Missoula once, IN THE WINTER.

    @satby: She probably gets her skilz more from her mother, I just helped her with the Milky Way stuff(and provided the camera).

    There will be one more set from Junsun’s journey to New Zealand, some photos from a whale spotting cruise and pics from a geothermal site on the North Island. Then it’s back to my boring pics from my backyard.

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