My friend Diane and I left the town of Franz Joseph to drive toward the Franz Joseph Glacier Valley where we'd planned to go on several hikes. It was the first time I remember seeing red-colored rocks like these in the gravel bed.
The Waiho River was gray because of the 'rock flour' or literally rocks that had been ground up by the forces of nature.
Diane and I kept passing, and being passed by, this couple from Arizona on the trail. Fortunately, there were far fewer people on this stretch of the track which made it so much more pleasant.
Back in the town of Franz Joseph, we stopped for a few minutes at Our Lady of the Alps Catholic Church.