Monthly Archives: February 2012

New Zealand – The Waterfall

The day after arriving on the Waimakariri River, we drove up the valley on Highway 73. After twelve kilometers, the highway crosses the river and heads up a side valley to Arthur’s Pass. To our right we passed the mouth … Continue reading

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New Zealand – Welcome to the Alps!

The upper Waimakariri River flows in a deep trough surrounded by steep mountains. Situated as it is, parallel to the axis of the island, it has a very gentle gradient here. The flat floor of the valley, up to over … Continue reading

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New Zealand – Christchurch

On 3 November we drove down the coast to Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city. On the way I had my first view of the vast expanse of the South Pacific, stretching over the horizon to South America. The sea … Continue reading

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New Zealand – Exploring the Sounds

My hosts’ house is at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound. From this vewpoint we could see 24 kilometers down the sound and past a small island to mountains beyond. Two kilometers along the shore we could see a large … Continue reading

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New Zealand – The Sounds, First Views

New Zealand is a geologically active place, sitting on two major crustal plates moving past each other at varyng angles. Though famed for the mountains these forces have thrust up, in a few places the land has been warped downward. … Continue reading

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New Zealand

Last fall I was privileged to visit New Zealand for a month. My good hiking buddy and his wife who now live there invited me to come visit. I stayed with them in their home on Queen Charlotte Sound and we took … Continue reading

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Pothole Dome

During my visit to Tuolumne Meadows this summer, I joned a ranger walk at Pothole Dome. It’s north of the road at the west end of the main meadow. During the glacial periods of the last  two million years, huge glaciers filled … Continue reading

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