I broke a record today. New Years Eve 2014 I drove for seven hours to get a set of photos of the sunset over a damn on the NSW-Victoria border in south eastern Australia. Admittedly I was going to see family afterwards but I had to drive 90minutes passed them to get the pictures so it counts. At the time I thought they were pretty good. Looking back they weren't that good. But I had no regrets. I wouldn't say it's something I'm proud of but that's the hobby. Sometimes you get magic and sometimes you don't. You never know until you try.
Today I drove around 8 hours diagonally across the South Island of New Zealand from Mid Canterbury, down to Queenstown via a little side journey to Mount Cook and then back up again to Milford Sound. The drove was sufficiently long enough that I am nearly out of podcasts and I've listened to most of my song catalogue. Radio wasn't an option for the majority of the trip but I haven't listened to radio for several years. But I made it in one piece, tired and probably smelly. My last shower is 36 hours ago and my next one is 15 hours away. My last minute planning left me sleeping in the car. This trip wasn't as well planned as it should have been.
Milford Sound is nothing short of incredible. The road there was nothing short of incredible as well. Fjordlands looks like a giant took to the earth with a giant axe, trying to split the bottom half of the island in two...but failed. The Fjordlands are a wilderness paradise & only Milford Sound is accessible by car. When you come to a place like this you want it to show off. You want it to really strut the catwalk, giving you it's absolute best. Nature doesn't always accommodate us the way we want it to. Today I had a perfect view of Mount Cook but she chose to stay behind a vail of cloud, occasionally giving as a glimpse of the peak or one of the faces just below but never both. And now there is minimal sunset and the water is a little choppy and not really reflecting the mountain faces. But the sky is clear. There is a chance if I stay up late I should be able to get some star trails.
The 8 hour drive may have become an 8 hour wait as well. Will it be worth it? We'll see.