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Saturday’s scene: Fox’s Ice

2012/11/17by Donna Hull

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Fox Glacier up close

While exploring Fox Glacier, I got up close and personal by using the 18x zoom on my Panasonic Lumix camera. Don’t you think my advanced point and shoot camera did a fine job of caputring the blue colors of the glacier, including those pointy tips of ice? Alan and I visited Franz Josef and Fox Glacier on a guided road trip down the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island with Robert Panzer of Tailored Travel.

Although the Fox Glacier Valley Walk is an easy hike, the path is much steeper than the approach to Franz Joseph. The trail travels along a low ridge, which hugs a riverbed that’s littered with boulders from the glacier’s retreat. Unfortunately, since the ice takes a sharp dogleg to the right, the upper reaches of Fox Glacier are difficult to see.

Perhaps it was the v-shaped valley or the low coulds, but we really felt the cold during our visit in New Zealand’s late spring season. Alan and I didn’t let that stops us from photographing away when the trail ended directly in front of the glacier’s terminus. By the time we finished the photo session, our hands were red and cold but the photographs we captured made the frigid journey worth it.

Have you visited Fox Glacier? Post a comment to share your experience. Next time, Alan and I want to take a glacier climbing tour.

 


A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of My Itchy Travel Feet: Breathtaking Adventure Vacation Ideas.

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Shelley Marsh December 7, 2008 at 10:52 am

Amazing, Donna. Looks like you have been having lots of fun since I last saw you. I look forward to seeing you in January and playing some tennis. Let’s play once a week again if you can.

xo Shelley

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Shelley Marsh December 7, 2008 at 10:52 am

Amazing, Donna. Looks like you have been having lots of fun since I last saw you. I look forward to seeing you in January and playing some tennis. Let’s play once a week again if you can.

xo Shelley

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November 18, 2012 at 7:50 am

Nice photo. Love the capabilities of ‘point and shoot’ cameras these days. I put mine in my bag and we are off – no more lugging that weight around the neck that simply screams, “Tourist”
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November 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

That looks like a mysterious and dangerous place, don’t want to fall down one of those crevaces!
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Mark H November 19, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I was there earlier this year. Your lovely photo brings back great memories. A hike on the glacier is one of NZ’s best experiences in my view (http://travel-wonders.com/2012/05/13/hiking-fox-glacier-new-zealand/). Fox and its neighbour Franz Josef both battle for visitor’s attention and are both superb and so accessible as glaciers go.
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