A Walk Through Middle Earth
No thunderstorm would stop MTM and me from hiking New Zealand’s Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. Thunder claps rattled the moraine as we climbed for a peek at Tasman Glacier. We were lightning rods when we finally traversed the top, and found ourselves staring, not at a ribbon of ice, but at a lake the color of churned flour.
Global warming has caused severe glacial retreat in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. Tasman Lake did not exist until 1974. In forty years, the lake has sprawled and deepened to accommodate boating excursions in warmer months.
Given the turbulent weather, we remained ashore. Watched the fog breathe. And tried to imagine a hobbit greeting us around the next bend.