Resting, flowing, sensually invigorating, the Blue Pools are deeply blue and deeply tranquil. A lovely walk through mature beech and podocarp forest an hour west of Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand takes one to this stream that flows into the Makarora River. Pure glacial waters refract the light to create this deep, unique blue. At our gym in La Grande, two treadmills allow you to take virtual walks. The Blue Pools is one of the choices. So, we happily included the actual walk in our travels this November.