National Geographic : 1972 Jan
they move him farther and farther back at the start-12 yards back for every win. The greatest handicap winner I ever had was one that won from a start 168 yards back. After that she couldn't win any more, so we retired her as a brood mare." Realm of Alps, Ice, and Sky Until I left Christchurch and headed west, I had had no sense of the approach of winter. But now the air was sharper, the mornings colder, with a hint of frost, and the foliage by the roadsides was taking on its full fall plu mage. In the high country, the morning clouds would sit right atop the roads, pouring into small ravines as if spilled by some celestial butterfingers. I was making for the famous Hermitage, pride of the Tourist Hotel Corporation's chain of first-rate hostelries established by the government in areas too remote to attract private hoteliers. The roads were good and relatively traffic free, except for wandering mobs of indolent sheep, whose immediate other glaciers to explore the jagged rivers of ice. The erratic Franz Josef draws back in some years, then advances rapidly in others, only to shrink again. Heavy snowfalls in the high Southern Alps feed the ice stream, which is one of the few glaciers in the world to end amid a rain forest.