Friday, January 7, 2011

Kayaking Doubtful Sound

Double rainbow on Lake Manapouri

Daniel and Sally going under one of
the many waterfalls

Our group heading up the Hall Arm of the fjord

Yesterday we spent a full day kayaking in one of the most remote and untouched places we've ever been. To get to Doubtful Sound (which is actually a fjord, carved by a glacier), we took a 2-hour trip by 2 boats and a bus. There is no way to access this area except by boat, and it is breathtakingly pristine. It was a really wet trip and I have to admit that I was skeptical when we started out because of all the rain (we were soaked before we even got started), but it was well worth it. We had a small group of about 10 people, plus our guide, and there were only 1 or 2 other boats that we encountered. Because of the rainfall, there were countless waterfalls streaming down the walls of the surrounding mountains, which made it even more dramatic. This was definitely a trip to remember and, unfortunately, there is no way to truly capture it with pictures.


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