Warm Winds of Summer
Trip Start Aug 22, 2012
63Trip End Jun 16, 2013
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
Where I stayed
Golden Bay is a bit of a jaunt from Greymouth. Even though it isn't far in kilometers, there are many winding, weaving roads that take so very long to drive. Hairpin turn after another and in the middle of one there is a 100 km sign that is just downright freaky
We stayed in yet another favourite place called the Innlet. Hosts Katie and Jonathan create a friendly, communal feeling we really did not want to leave. After an intense 6-hour hike which I wasn't sure I could complete (I was ready to tuck in with the sheep on this one) and a glimpse of some filming of "The Amazing Race" TV show, we hobbled home and cooked up a BBQ chicken meal with fresh NZ salad. Jim lost his lens cap which is so unlike him. He hiked back out the next day to see if he could retrieve it. Nope. It may have been an omen...
After two nights at the Innlet, we headed to the beloved Abel Tasman National Park. The turquoise colour of the water seems unreal and a day of kayaking on it, stopping in at pristine white sandy beaches and hanging out with the seals was a perfect way to spend a day. Much to our surprise we saw a Blue Penguin and some kind of shark. My poor, weak arm muscles were aware of their lacking fitness after a day of paddling!
Now is the story you have all been waiting for and the episode when Jim 'lost his precious'. We went for a long hike along the shore into the park and after a couple of hours, I headed back and Jim continued on further. In his enthusiasm to pursue the perfect photograph in a creek, he lost his footing and fell cracking his ribs on a rock, *gasp* splashing water on his lens and shattering his carbon fibre tripod! He ran all the way back to our hostel. Ouch, ouch, and ouch!
I was off with the car, blissfully exploring Kaiteriteri Beach, sitting people-watching and writing letters
We are very grateful that this episode turned out the way it did because it could have put a 'dent' in our travel plans. The universe was working with us!
Please keep sending us comments. We love to hear from you especially around the holidays because we might be feeling a bit lonesome! You can comment on the blog entry, on a photo, or by pressing the 'send a message' button an email comes straight to us and it is easy for us to reply to you.