Since it's finally been cold at home--after all, it IS winter--I was excited to expect to see snow on the way. For someone who grew up in Chicago, it was really weird to be excited about snow. I only see it in Taranaki a few times a decade.
As we climbed, I spied snow-covered mountains ahead and Hubby pulled into a rest area so I could take photos.
We were amused to see this truck in the snow-covered mountains!
And then...we drove around a curve and the clouds were gone.
Voile! Mt Ruapehu dressed in her finest snow cover!