Where the Road Runs Out
This image reminds me of the first two lines of the hymn “The Dolphin Song” by New Zealand hymn-writer Colin Gibson (WOV 672):
“Where the road runs out and the sign posts end
Where you come to the edge of today…”
It was late in the afternoon when we arrived at the Raspberry Creek Shelter at the end of the public road from Wanaka to Mt Aspiring National Park. A few cars were parked at the shelter. Despite “No Camping” signs posted by the Department of Conservation, a lone tent was pitched beside the car park.
The grassy valley stretching before us was tinted with yellow highlights from the setting sun. Returning day-walkers relaxed in their cars preparing for the drive back to Wanaka before darkness made the narrow rutted road beside the Matukituki River more difficult to navigate.
In the distance, nestled against the mountains that rise steeply behind, a small green shepherd’s hut accentuated the isolation of this remote corner of Central Otago.