Pretty much everyone has one of 'those' days while travelling. Today was mine. I was shattered from the minute I woke up and it didn't really start to improve until I had eaten a hot meal at lunchtime.
We went back to the boat graveyard this morning. It started off sunny, with little wind and 1 hour later it was driving snow with a howling wind. I didn’t actually feel cold out there shooting, it's after 5 minutes or so in the bus that my core temperature starts dropping and I get very cold & struggle to warm up again.
In the afternoon we shot the fish drying racks that Michael Kenna made famous. I saw the racks on the way out and wasn't inspired. That, doesn't mean there weren't any photos, it just means I couldn't see them and that was all about how I was feeling.
The storm started late this afternoon. I was expecting a storm by NZ standards but this is different. Yes it's very windy, but it doesn't seem like a proper storm. No rain for one thing, and I think the snow makes it quiet. Tonight's snowfall will determine whether we are stuck in this hotel for another night or not. Apparently it can snow so heavily the snow ploughs cannot keep up and the roads are closed. A two metre overnight snowfall is not uncommon here.
So, we shall see what the morning brings. I could certainly slum it another night here it's very luxurious... the food is stunning, but I'm seriously missing the onsen.
Trekking through deep snow is physically hard. Even if I follow behind the guys, they take much bigger steps than I do, they are heavier so the footprint hole is deeper, the ground underneath is always uneven and I often lose my balance, it's a soft landing though. I am talking a minimum of knee deep anywhere unploughed. And if you are on a ploughed area there is usually thick ice underneath and you can take a fall in a blink. Sod's law though - even the cold and the physical exertion doesn't keep up with the food intake!
I'm off to pack now in case we do get out.