Mr. Buckley came to pick us up right after he finished his eggs.
Even the drive up to the trail along Lake Wakatipu was amazing.
And the trail begins.
Crystal clear waters pass under us as we cross ur first span bridge.
Looking up stream of the Route Burn.
The well groomed trail through a lush forest.
The canopy of trees opens and reveals the open Routeburn Flat to us.
Cameron and Derek taking lunch at the Routeburn Flat with a view of Mt. Somnus (2293m)
Amber grasses waiving in the gentle breeze at Routeburn Flat
Lush ferns and thick moss along the trail.
Everything here is green and lush or strong and magnificent.
Fern shadow on the rock.
A narrow stretch of trail along Phoenix Bluff as we work our way up to Routeburn Falls.
A creative cairn along the trail
Looking down on the Routeburn Flats and along the Humboldt Mountains from Routeburn Falls
The view from our "hut' deck.
Derek cooking up dinner in the amazing kitchen.
The first light on the clouds the next morning as we're hiking away from the Routeburn Falls Hut.
The evening alpenglow show on the Humboldt range across the valley from our hut.
The upper Routeburn Falls
Upper Routeburn Falls
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