Mount Cook Glacier Plain

Rolling up to the hostel at the Mount Cook Glacier Plain I was hoping that I would get a room that had this view. Unfortunately it seems the Stray bus reservations are not as premium as others. So I was given a room in the back that overlooked the alley and a construction garbage dumpster. Well at least the mountains behind the dumpster were pretty to look at.

This hostel had a dinner special that I should have avoided. But the promise of a steak suckered me in and I went for it. I could actually have had anything on the menu for the same price, but the steak was the most expensive, and I wanted to get my money’s worth. After a couple weeks of spending outrageous amounts on New Zealand food I thought for once I was going to get a good deal. Joke was on me as it was one of the worst steaks I have ever had.

This is an HDR image created with Aurora HDR Pro, Lightroom, and photoshop to clone out some dust on the sensor.


Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at and writing about my experiences at