Hiking in the Hooker Valley

This post might be more accurately named 'Twenty Thousand Glam Shots of Mount Cook,' so I apologize in advance. Actually - I will not apologize because Mount Cook is goddamn beautiful, and if I have twenty thousand good photos, I will share every single one. 

So, anyways, Hooker Valley. Although the time period spent researching for this trip was extremely overwhelming and full of heartbreaking decisions, Mount Cook at first glance made it into the final cut, and of the tramping options, the Hooker Valley Trail was high on the list. It was in part due to the amazing scenery and in part due to the low difficulty level. These thighs weren't made for climbin'. Well, that and my crippling fear of heights, so it all works out, but for the sake of my self-consciousness, let's all pretend that the only rationale was my lifelong phobia instead of my dumpling-esque physique, ok?

In addition to all the gorgeous scenery and the fulfillment of what would normally be my weekly exercise quota, my friend, Amy, and I invented a new road trip game on the walk back! It's called 'Cheese and Carbs'. Exactly as it sounds, you think of as many of the cheesiest, carb-filled foods as you can, and you'll be entertained for at least an hour - I can attest! While it may be inadvisable to play while hangry, if you approach cartoon-level, ham-hock-hallucinations hunger, it can give you the motivation to walk to your next meal. And at least I know now that if all else fails, we're basically 90% of the way to successful restaurant ownership. 

Oh shit, a tsunami of clouds

Hooker Lake

Mac 'n cheese, brie baked in puff pastry, croissants au fromage, cheesecake, parmesan polenta, tacos, burritos, fromage blanc ice cream, Georgian cheese bread, fougasse, spanakopita, the spanakopita that doesn't have spinach, borek, gougeres, cacio e pepe, mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, ravioli, agnolotti, manicotti, pommes dauphinoise........

Date: April 2017
Camera: Canon 6D