Posted by: Wink | February 6, 2011

The Hollyford Track: Day 2

We will never forget the soaking rains we experienced on this trip…in fact there is a little poem that one of our guides recited to us about the conditions we experienced.

It rained and rained and rained and rained
The average fall was well maintained

And when the tracks were simply bogs,
It started raining cats and dogs.

After a drought of half an hour,
We had a most refreshing shower

And then, most curious thing of all,
A gentle rain began to fall.

Next day was also fairly dry,
Save for a deluge from the sky

Which wetted the party to the skin
And after that the rains set in.

After breakfast, we went for a drenching hike to Lake Alabaster. Then we hiked down to meet our jet boat, which took us up the Hollyford River and then across Lake McKerrow. We stopped at Jamestown, the site of a town that was briefly established in 1870 – in hopes that a road would be built from Queenstown. It was never built, as it was just too difficult to get a road through the mountains. We boated on and got off for a hike (drenching again – literally walking through streams) and walked through a podocarp forest which had a bunch of 800-1000 year old remu trees (see below).

We arrived at Martins Bay Lodge for lunch (and temporary dryness) and then headed out again on the jet boat and another hike to a seal colony. We also happened to see a crested penguin molting, which is a rather cool siting (Dave almost stepped on him).

We returned to the lodge for showers and another terrific dinner. And after that the rains set in.

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