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Franz Josef Glacier Hike, Hot Tub, Another Quiet Night – Franz Josef, New Zealand (Day 16)

Today was one of the defining days of the trip. Today we would hike the Franz Josef glacier. There were high winds, rain, and hail. Originally, we were scheduled to do a full day trip on the glacier, but the weather was not cooperative so the hike was shortened to a a half day. It was pretty miserable and after half a day I was ready to go back to the hostel and get in the hot tub. After the hike, we got some groceries and beer and had a cookout. I got in the hot tub and then hit the bed early again. Others got a little rowdy in the pub. Old man got really rowdy. I woke up and he was speaking gibberish and walking around naked. Too funny.

You’re smiling now

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Franz Josef Glacier – Doesn’t look that bad from here

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Obligatory waterfall picture

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Here we go

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Making our way along the glacier

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That mound in the distance is where the full-day hike goes

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Looking down in the valley from up on the glacier

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Inside the glacier

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A little perspective

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