Bittersweet posting stories when there's unrest abroad (Ukraine/Russia). Blissfully unaware of most things in the news but that gets through.
To share some highlights and hopefully inspire one person to hold the vision of their dreams as others have done me. This is one of those bigger ones that supersede the day to day goals but know they can happen.
I'm glad I couldn't go before now because on one tour there were typically 800 visitors to the glowworm caves PER DAY. Only 20 on my trip and two trips a day scheduled. A double fuel tanker used to travel to Piopiotahi/Milford Sound twice a day and now does the trip once A MONTH. While I feel for the economy, it's got to be good for the environment and locals like me and you. The tour guide said it had got to the point where tourists from overseas flew in to Queenstown and did Fiordland Tours, often asleep on bus and boat.
In Tuatapere a woman at a local café kindly gave me a dollop of 15+ Manuka honey for my foot. Glad she said foot because you normally get sauce with a sausage roll.
Combine an indecisive person and Doubtful Sound and you get clarity. I'm sure there's some basic science in there. Doubtful Sound.. I've heard is magical in the rain but Tāwhirimātea chose wind and I was not going inside. The rules around Covid in the current climate with Omricon starting to creep its way down the country meant that wearing a mask outside the boat as well as inside was compulsory. The downside was that many masks ended up in the water due to the wind hence the hood of the raincoat to prevent mine from escaping my face.
I visited the takahē and Kākāriki in Te Anau. A Kākāriki sat listening attentively while I said a couple of karakia to it. When I had finished they picked up a leaf and put it on the the ledge on my side. Three possible reasons 1. I'm paying you to stop, 2. Thank you or 3. The sign said don't feed the birds and they were trying to show me how it's done.
YES I have kept that leaf.