I met Brian Sheppard, Irvine California resident, almost at the beginning of the Franz Josef Glacier trailhead. We hit it off immediately and hiked together to the FJ glazier’s edge. The juxtaposition of having sub tropical rain forest so close to a glazier is a stunning and almost an unbelievable sight. I took plenty of pictures and will post a more detailed thread about this experience later today or tomorrow because I am on the road this morning – heading to Hamner Springs. I will spend the remainder of my time relaxing in thermal pools, before making the short drive to Christchurch (for my flight to my next destination, Sydney, Australia).