Whale watching

Trip Start May 13, 2010
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Trip End May 12, 2011


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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Oh dear! Still feeling a bit stiff after our walk up Te Kou. Went to see Colin again today, he is such a lovely man. He invited us to have some lunch with him , Utu and coconut cream was on the menu.

The first stage was to boil the Utu for about to mins, just enough time to go grab a couple of coconuts and get them grated. The technique was a big piece of metal (old hinge) screwed to a piece of wood, Colin sat on the wood and took a half of a coconut at a time and scraped the flesh out on the end of the hinge, dropping the grated coconut into a bowl. Quite an effective tool, then the coconut flesh is squeezed in a piece of net cloth to extract the coconut cream. A surprising quantity of cream resulted from just 2 coconuts.

By this time the Utu had boiled away for a while and the skins were starting to split a little. We had 2 Utu each and a good amount of the coconut cream, it was really good and quite a new taste, it didn't taste a thing like a banana.

One interesting side effect that we noticed later, that Colin omitted to tell us about, our wee turned a surprising shade of iridescent orangey / lime green, i think it even glowed in the dark a bit, interesting.

Still he was right about us not feeling hungry later, the Utu will make you feel full all day, and it seems it is a real super food full of anti oxidants, and not forgetting about it turning your wee a pretty colour (wonder how long it will last for).

We managed to get our camper van booked for our NZ trip, we booked through the same people we used when we went to NZ in 2008 (wilderness campers). Weather is probably a bit cold in NZ at this time of year, and we know we will be quite warm and comfy in one of their base jumper vans. It will be good to see NZ again and see a bit more of North island. We only had 5 days there in 2008, this time we have 19 days to go exploring.

Wednesday

What a day.... just finished breakfast on our balcony and i was sitting watching the waves when i saw a whale breach, he leapt full length out of the sea and crashed back down again, it seemed he was just outside the reef. By the time i realised what i saw and could get my mouth to utter the words "there’s a Whale", it was gone so Milo didn’t see it. So that sorted out the plan for the day we were going Whale watching.... We had heard that the best place for watching whales was by the town, near the harbour, so that is where we headed. We saw lots of whales blowing , but no breaching, still good though. So we picked up a bit of shopping and headed back to Muri beach. No sooner had we walked onto our balcony, a whale breached really close in and Milo saw this one, there was a few fins and tail flukes over the next 15 mins or so before they headed off up the coast. We think these were probably hump backed whales, as it seems they pass the cook islands this time of year on their way back down to the Antarctic for some serious feeding.

So we will be up early again in the morning looking out for the whales, this time i don’t think we will bother going half way round the island looking for them.
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