Sun 17 – Hokitika to Franz Josef

fine morning with partially red sky, crunchy underfoot. N12 froze his flannel last night. Went to town (Hokitika) and the only people in town except for a few shopkeepers. Gold shop, paua shop, jade shop, jade shop, craft shop, jade shop. Bought nothing but it was interesting looking anyway. One company uses BC, Canada, Jade, the other main carvers have about 5 years supply left of Jade from the west coast hills.

Down the Alpine Faultline to Franz Josef with stops for a few or more photos of snow capped mountains etc. Glorious day, though weather seems to be closing in a bit.