Saturday, November 8, 2008

lake wanaka, part 2

lake wanaka was a stop on the trip from franz josef to queenstown. while some of our group went skydiving, we got to explore the town and the beach. ..it's an incredibly clean, lakeside village of about 6,000 people.
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some of our magic people got off the tour bus to stay here, and you can see why (below). claude, this is a photo from the beach. ..is this where you went swimming?
... below: ducks, in crystal clear water.
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below: more ducks., in more crystal clear water. ..but wait, what are those big dark things????
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below: these are huge trout. ..no, they are not enclosed in some kind of farm-pen. ..these monsters are free-swimming in this huge lake. ..they gather here (i'd wager) because you can feed them (at which point, they go into a kind of feeding frenzy).
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okay, okay... ..i'm obsessing over the trout. ..i've inserted this last picture to give you some perspective of their size, alongside the duck (below).
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the duck is an adult. ...and a hungry adult, at that!

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2 comments:

  1. It was February, which is often the hottest part of the year. I had ridden a stupid number of kms that day, and the water took my breath away it was so cold. We were camping at a school oval (sports field) just opposite the lake, about a 500m walk from town. Clear and beautiful and freezing. I couldn't stay in for very long, and people who did turned a little blue.

    claude

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  2. Can't believe you did that.
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    My buddy (Willy) once did the Polar Bear Plunge, jumping into the icy waters of Rhode Island on New Year's Day.
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    I get cold, thinking about it!
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    Love and warmth,
    Len

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