Monday, July 20, 2009

We woke up in the town of Okarito, population 30. This little community's claim to fame is the Okarito Lagoon, a beautiful little spot teaming with birds, and one of the nicest campgrounds I have ever seen.

This was the view leaving the campground.

From Okarito we headed for the glaciers. We hiked to the base, but honestly it is more impressive from the viewpoint.

We have noticed an amazing trend of Asian tourists getting pictures of themselves flashing the peace sign. I don't know how the peace sign became the default pose for every Asian tourist we have seen in NZ, but I think it's funny.

These two wanted lots of peace sign photos by this waterfall, so after waiting 10 min for them to move I gave up and just included them in my album.

Lauren succumbing to peer pressure


Fun bouldering in the riverbed.

I enjoyed the glaciers.

looking back down the riverbed, where the glacier used to be.

Gillespie's beach was really fun.
The cloudscape that day was impressive.

The beach was covered in smooth, flat stones perfect for skipping.

Lauren letting one fly.

We had some fun with the series feature on the camera.

contrasting skipping styles.


Lauren resting after a serious rock skipping session

Just beautiful

We ended the day at a Backpacker in Hasst

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