Second day on Milford Track, spent the night before in the Clinton Hut…
Again, because it was cool enough, we were able to carry in some pretty delicious food:
We enjoyed an interesting talk by Ranger Ross the night before; after breakfast he came in with a New Zealand possum, or as he said the “troublemaker”. New Zealand did not have any mammals before they were introduced by settlers. What they have an abundance of is birds, of whom they are all very proud, and they don’t like the mammal predators (rats, stoats, possums) that eat the birds. So Ranger Ross was delighted to have caught this one in his trap.
Day 2’s walk was delightful. It was cool in the morning, warming up to shorts and tees in the afternoon. Sam tried his hand at fly-fishing a time or two – we could see the beautiful trout in the river, but no luck. The forest was very canopied, lots of the enormous fern plants; altogether very LOTR movie-feeling. Green hills around with cascades and waterfalls, bigger snow-capped mountains just behind. The trail is beautifully maintained and follows the Clinton river most of the day.
We hiked about 10 miles this day, and enjoyed a meal of pasta, chicken, cheese, pesto, and the ubiquitous Peanut M&M’s for dessert. Ranger Ian was our host here, and the bunks in this hut were all in the same upstairs area. Hikers were of two varieties: the 20-25 year old backpacky-kid-college-student, and the 50+year old backpacky-granola-tree-hugging-tramper variety. The group was split about 50-50, and we enjoyed everyone in our tramp group.
Day 3 takes us up and over McKinnon Pass…more pics to come!
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