Meg and I and our small group of hikers left the Mackenzie Lake Lodge midmorning on the second day of our hike. We hiked through red birch forest until we reached the open country above the lake. Then the trail continued upwards, far above the Hollyford River which flowed into the Pacific Ocean barely visible in the distance. Lunch was at Harris Saddle, a divide that separated the peaks between us and Milford Sound and Harris Lake, out of which the Routeburn flows. Vistas were as vast as the day before, and each step, a moment of wonder.
|Above Lake Mackenzie|
|Ocean Peak and Emily Peak|
|Mt Cook Lily, really a buttercup|
|Trail out of Mackenzie Lake|
|Routeburn Falls Lodge and river valley below|
|Meg hiking through birch forest in hopes of Hobbits|