04.05.2012 - 04.05.2012
Soon after settling into a cold bed at Lake Parangi, Joe lies awake listening to a faint scratching sound. It is unclear whether it is inside or outside but Joe is a little scared as he has been having a strange recurring thought that every time he opens the curtains when dark, he will see a man standing outside staring in through the windows with a blank expression on his face. Joe has been reading too many scary stories. The scratching got louder, and was joined by a bumping sound. Being the brave man that I am, I woke Sarah for a little moral support before I confronted the staring man outside... With moral support hiding under the covers, I bravely jumped outside the van with a small torch doubling up as a searching device and weapon. Of course there was no one there, but what followed was a very restless night consisting of short bouts of sleep interrupted by continued scratching and noises which could only have come from inside the van. Various suggestions where ventured for the noise – possums, mice, staring men to name but a few – but come morning, the noise had stopped and no clues were left behind...
So we drove on from the Lake to have breakfast on the coast at a lovely little spot overlooking waves. Driving towards the glaciers there was a yelp from Sarah in the passenger seat – there was a hole surrounded by bite marks in her tube of lip balm!! Pulling over to the side of the road and inspecting further we found mice poo in the glove box, under the passenger seat and on the engine – we had our culprit and can only applaud Houdini Mouse for his ability to enter a glove box and steal some lip balm.
Mouse issue to one side, we had a lovely day full of walks.
Lunch was then followed by a trek across the glacial valley to the base of Franz Josef Glacier. Amazing views all around!