Franz Josef

Quad Biking!

John On His Quad Bike

Packed Zilly up this morning ready to move on again, but before leaving Franz Josef we had another adventure lined up …. quad biking!

It was pouring with rain when we got up, but that doesn't really matter with this kind of activity as you are going to get wet and muddy anyway and if you're not, you're not doing it right – well, this is what I told John as he was looking forlornly up at the sky anyway!

We had booked for John to be the driver and me to go as his passenger, mainly because I thought I might be a bit slow and didn't want to hold the rest of the group up. We pulled up outside the shop and went in to find that we were the only two people booked to go on the ride this morning. Apparently rain puts a lot of people off, so whilst if you ask for a private trip you pay double the amount, we got a private trip for the two of us at standard rate, as we hadn't specifically asked for it!!!

Hiking Up A Glacier

Me On Franz Josef Glacier 

It's a beautiful world we live in. There are awesome days, then there are AWESOME days and some days just leave you scratching your head, searching for the words to piece together and make sense of your emotions, for me, today falls in to the latter category.

We were picked up from our campsite at 10am this morning and taken to the Franz Josef Glacier Guide shop up in the village. Here we were registered and signed the obligatory form to say that we were aware that it was an activity with a certain element of risk involved and then we were kitted out with waterproof jackets and trousers, thick socks, boots, a set of crampons, a hat and some gloves. That done we boarded a bus which took us further up the mountain road and dropped us in a car park. We took a private track up through rainforest which led out onto a wider track and part of the river bed that flows down from the glacier. As you emerge from the trees and into the valley, it's here that you get your first view of the glacier and it's a rather bizarre setting to see one being so close to rainforest.

Snow Capped Mountains

Where We Slept

We spent the last two days getting to and relaxing around Franz Josef, the scenery once again is stunning and I can't even begin to tell you the benefits of opening the back of Zilly to reveal snow capped mountains of a morning. My heart skips a beat and I could just sit and gaze at my surroundings all day and not tire of them.

Campervanning is definitely the life for me, to have your home on four wheels and just transport it wherever you choose, opening the curtains and the back to reveal and be amongst nature every day is truly awesome.

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