New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands - 2008

responsibility. He found good anchorage here with fresh water, greens, and timber for ship’s repairs.

From his ship logs, modern historians and scientists know that this is very spot he stopped and took his measurements during June 1769. DOC has built a walkway and ramp up to this point so that modern visitors can see what Capt. Cook saw. For the non-astronomer, the value of the site is realizing that you are standing where Capt. Cook and his men stood in 1769. It is even postulated that some of the downed tree trunks are remnants of those his crew cut to make ship repairs. There is of course historic significance in this site, but on the day we were there no sightings could have been made and the walkway was so slippery that we were pretty much underwhelmed.

Chapter 16. Milford Sound

Our last adventure on the Clipper Odyssey was a sailing up Milford Sound, the most famous of NZ’s beautiful fjords. This magnificent trip includes a look at the iconic Mitre Peak. The rains were still falling heavily as we made our way up the sea finger towards the unwanted “jumping off place.” The upside of the constantly falling rain was the miracle of a 1000 or more splashing and crashing waterfalls everywhere along the fjord. Some slender little ribbons, others more like broad bolts of silvery silk being unfurled down from the mountain tops, and still others like waters gushing over a broken dam, so broad and rushing were their cascades. It was a magnificent view thanks to the rain. However, our look at Mitre Peak was not exactly as advertised in tourist brochures where it is always shown under brilliant blue skies and bright sunshine. No, today Mitre looked a bit hoary with all the clouds swirling around his head and all the rain blocking our clear view. However, the whole panorama was so dramatic that no one could have wished the rains away.

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