While en route to Milford Sound recently, and just to the East of the Homer Tunnel, I had the opportunity to drink straight from a mountain stream at a little place called Monkey Creek.
You might think it is a little stupid to go drinking from untreated water sources…and to be honest I would agree with you…but given it was up in the mountains and thus there was less chance of a dead animal leeching itself into the stream or someone relieving themselves upstream, I figured I was OK.
Anyway, the water was fresh and very cold (I felt like my hand was going to drop off while I had a few mouthfuls). Beautiful. Thanks go to my father-in-law for the photo!
It is fair to say that the oft-recycled water we drink everyday is nothing like as good as a fresh mountain dew!