|Just keeping your chair warm, Dad! Why are you groaning and standing funny?|
That's the reason, which is not an excuse, for today's picture heavy post.
I was flying around the globe recently via google Earth and decided to revisit Milford Sound.
I'm pretty sure that if Heaven were located on Earth, this is where it would be.
According to the source of all verified knowledge, the High and Low temperatures over the last 80 years has ranged from 82 F to 21 F. A very tolerable range to an expatriated Texan. Rainfall would take some getting used to, averaging 183 rainy days per year for an average of 253 inches a year. One of the wettest spots on earth. But it makes for some excellent waterfalls.
|That's about a half mile away.|
We're sailing in a fjord, a very deep fjord. So deep, I almost lose my balance trying to lean backwards to see the top.
|That's the top deck of the ship, 5 Decks above us|
The sound is also not very wide. The Celebrity Solstice is a pretty big ship, and the Captain was taking his sweet time getting into the sound.
Later in the vacation, we visited the Auckland War Memorial and there was a photograph there of a US Aircraft Carrier (I think it was USS Hornet) and a portion of her battle group anchored in the sound during WWII. I searched Google, but couldn't find a copy, nor did I think to take a picture of it. I did find this, however
| The ship is the HMAS Melbourne. The aircraft appear to be de Havilland Sea Venoms. Tuna will be happy to know that the S-2 was operated from Melbourne also.|
|Did I mention Rain?|
Now that we're all the way in, we've got to get back out. It takes us about a half hour just to get turned around. Time for breakfast.
|One of the few times finding a table was not an issue|
|The view is one of the perks of being a bartender on board.|
|After breakfast nap with a view.|
|Back out to the Tasman Sea and the Roaring 40's|
Milford Sound, as well as the rest of New Zealand, was stunningly beautiful. I strongly recommend a visit.
As Suldog says "Soon, with more better stuff." Or, at least I hope so, right now, I think I'd have to feel better to die.
I'll leave you with a well done youtube video.