Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers and storm # 2
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Not to be too down by the disappointing penguin sighting at Dunedin or the cancellation of Milford Sound, I arrived at Fox Glacier eagerly anticipating the next morning's helicoper flight over the glaciers and Mount Cook. But while the afternoon weather was nice, fresh clouds started rolling in that evening and I had a forboding feeling that I would be stymied by the Weather Gods once again - a prediction unfortunately realized the next day. I awoke to a raging storm that blanked the area with relentlessly pounding rain that erased any chance of viewing the nearby mountains.
The next morning, I was delighted to see that maybe, just maybe, my luck was beginning to turn after all. A perfectly clear (but cold) day outside! Sure enough, I got to go up on the flight and it was a perfect morning too. We got to land on the top of the glacier near the mountain peaks for some photos. Per the pilot, the snow pack at the top is over 300 meters deep. It was so beautiful and peaceful up there, I didn't mind the -18 degree C temperatures.