|Darrell, Scott and I on top of Avalanche Peak|
|Kea on Avalanche Peak in Arthur's Pass National Park|
|View from our campsite the next morning|
|Darrell and Scott looking at glacial features|
|Subtropical foliage in front of Franz Josef glacier|
|Scott and I were eager for our first backpack!|
|View of the river from a stream crossing|
There are three pools, all pretty shallow, and water can be diverted from the source to serve different pools.
|Next morning's view of Welcome Flat Hot Springs|
|The hut at Welcome Flat|
The return hike took us on the same track, and we recrossed all the fun swing bridges we had gotten on the way in.
|Scott crossing one of the swing bridges|
|Darrell and Scott eating lunch along the river at Blue Pools|
|The cold water soothes, but doesn't eliminate the intense itching!|