- Posted August 15, 2011 by
Milford Sound, New Zealand
This iReport is part of an assignment:
New Zealand: Islands of fun
The Milford Track: Hiking at the Edge of the Universe
The Milford Track is a 33.5 mile trail through the magical landscape of Fiordland National Park on the South Island of New Zealand. I hiked on my own, carried a pack that was too heavy, and paused often along the impressively beautiful but sometimes treacherous trail to repeat the mantra: 'I will not be the person to get airlifted out of here.' On day three, as I traversed the mountainside up to Mackinnon Pass, I was engulfed by a dense fog rapidly moving from grey to blue to orange. I watched the sun explode through thick clouds to dominate the morning sky. The fog disintegrated and a new world materialized -- massive mountain peaks sprung up around me and a fogbow stretched across the valley. Expect the unexpected on the Milford Track ... oh, and be careful of the blood-thirsty sandflies.