Thursday, February 13, 2014
The popularity of the track and the wonderful summertime weather reflected in the mass amounts of crowds I crossed. And let me be clear, when I say “crowds” in New Zealand, I really just mean that I get annoyed when more than three other people find the same isolated gem as I did. It is that remote down here. The park’s newest and biggest hut in Anchorage only sleeps 34 people. Putting things into perspective, that is not crowded at all. Like not even a little bit.
Nevertheless, I sought after a bit more tranquility, and followed a fellow tramper’s recommendation to hike to a nearby lookout and watch the sunrise. And can you believe I actually got up at 5:30am to do so? I am still very proud of myself, and it was completely worth it. The colors reflecting the bay and the mountains were indescribable. I can allllmost better understand morning people now. The reason they wake up so early is so they can have this peaceful scene all to themselves. It was a refreshing way to start my day before sitting on the beach to watch the rest of the morning pass and eventually making the four hour journey back to Marahau.