Sweet As...

Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
Trip End May 30, 2013

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Flag of New Zealand  , Marlborough,
Friday, March 29, 2013

Sweet as...The most prevalent of Kiwi expressions.  Sweet as...fast as...fresh as...etc.  My question is always: 'what?'  Sweet as what exactly?  I guess you're supposed to use your imagination...

But in MY blog I'll answer the question. 

Sweet as...
Baby seals frolicking in a waterfall! I can't think of much sweeter than that. Especially when you're surrounded by 100's of them at once darting and diving, lounging and laying!

The start of road trip number 2. This time we're doing a brief circuit of the north of the South Island and we get of go with Lindsay and Chucky!

First stop was just north of Kaikoura where the waterfall lies. Not a very far walk at all, but it takes a long time to get there.  Mostly because all along the river are the seals, basking and playing in little pools and you just must stop and watch them. I don't think I've ever seen so many smiles on people in one place before. So special to be able to walk amongst them and watch them doing their natural thing, in the wild, yet close enough that you could touch them (yet you wouldn't).

Like a big child friendly playground where kids can socialize and build physical skills, only without any adult supervision. Can you fathom human children doing the same? Mother's are out hunting at sea and eating as much as they can so that they can produce milk for the rapidly growing youngsters.

I'm sure if we were in Canada, there would be paved paths throughout with railings so that you couldn't get too close. And they would probably make the waterfall and river into a more sanitary pool for the seals. And definitely change the rocks as they're too dangerous for seals to be climbing on...

But it was incredible to be a part of their play and have them not really pay you any attention at all. Well, except for the occasional stare with their huge liquid chocolate eyes...

We finally dragged ourselves away to continue north to the Marlborough Sound and drove up part of the Queen Charlotte track.  Past the orchards of Nelson and onto the winding tracks. Poor Chucky, with so many constant twists and turns of the road his arms were growing tired from driving (even though it was only about an hour and a half of driving like that). The rest of us got motion sick. Only the beautiful views of the bays and hills over the shimmering water kept us going.

We want to do some hiking and kayaking around this area and hopefully get to play with some more seals!!!

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Mack the Knife on

I love baby seals, but I can never finish a whole one.

Devon on

They make great Sporrans!!

Mack the Knife on

Aye, that they do mate!

...as long as ye only need a wee one. ;)

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