This morning I woke up at around 6:20am to get ready for a full days tour to Milford Sound. When I walked outside it felt like Michigan winters…pitch black and cold…
Our tour was called the BBQ Bus tour. The irony is kind of funny because I’m a vegetarian. But it was the only one day tour (others were two or three days). And it was the least expensive so I went with it.
The trek out to Fiordland national park was about a two and a half hour drive one way. Our tour guide’s name was Graham. A really nice man who used to be a sheep, elk, and deer farmer, and is now a part time tour guide. There was also a family from upstate New York, a student named Arianna from Massachusetts, a couple from Singapore who were on their honeymoon, a very nice medical graduate named Vani from London, and three lovely local ladies (one being our tour guide’s wife, Jude).
We arrive to Milford Sound at around 12:30pm (making toilet and photo taking pit stops along the way). A small cruise boat was waiting for us at a dock at the base of Milford Sound.
The whole cruise was just so beyond breath-taking. I couldn’t keep my camera down. I was snapping photos left and right! Vani was very into photography as well and we tag teamed taking artsy photos of one another.
On the cruise is where we had our BBQ lunch, which also has salad and pasta thank the Lord.
Honestly I did not want to leave. The whole afternoon I was taken aback buy how beautiful and majestic Milford sound was. Vani even told me that Kipling named Milford Sound as one of the 8th wonders of the world. WOW!!
Fun facts about Milford Sound: it is located in the south west region of New Zealand and draws in over 1,000,000 people a year. And stunningly enough, there is only ONE small winding road that leads into the park and pack out again. Once you get into the park, it takes another 45 minutes to get to Milford Sound.
Now I will be a little emotionally honest with you…
I am a Christian. I believe in a God that has created the world instead of believing that a mix of gasses exploded and the world just came to happen. I’ll also admit to you that I am human and am not always where I should be as a Christ follower… But when I see something so magnanimous like Milford Sound and all the nature that’s living in Fiorland National Park, I can’t believe that it just came to be. I cannot believe that every single glacier and mountain and rock and piece of grass just randomly ended up there on accident. I see the love and art that was put into that creation and no other explanation can be made other than God laying all of that out perfectly with his hands.