A Lazy Day?
Trip Start Jan 15, 2011
38Trip End Mar 19, 2011
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Where I stayed
Surat Bay Lodge
When we reached the lighthouse we could see those notorious nuggets below: Jagged vertical sentinels standing proudly against the force of the sea. Yes, the sun was masked by cloud and the rain was wet and chilly, but the site was gorgeous. Worth the effort, without a doubt
After determining that the rain wasn’t going to let up, we decided to make a lazy day of it and check into a hostel instead of camp outdoors. We chose Surat Bay Lodge because it was on the ocean. I imagined it would be a nice place to sit, drink a hot cup of tea, and get some writing done.
Katie waited in the car as I rang the bell at the office. No response. I tried a second ring. Nothing. I didn’t want to be a pest, but I finally gave them a third ring. Not a peep. Was anyone around? We’d almost decided to move along when a young man came out barefoot with a spattering of paint upon his clothes. He was busy repainting the kitchen, he said, and he thought his partner was going to answer the door. His name was Jerome and he was from Belgium. His partner/girlfriend was from Ireland. Eventually we found out that the other people staying there were from England and Spain, and then there were some Chinese emigrants who lived on the north island – yes, actual Kiwis! Well…not quite.
The rain had stopped by the time we finished lunch, so I coerced Katie into walking along the beach with me
Down the beach we found gigantic bundles of seaweed, more sea lions, and black scavenger birds with red eyes. They looked like wicked little things as they pecked at anything they could get their beak on. They weren’t too cooperative about my getting a picture, but I was persistent and nabbed one. Take that, you little buggers!
There was a gorgeous arm of land reaching out to sea at the end of the beach. It was calling to me. I expressed a desire to conquer it and Katie concurred. So off the beaten path we went. We pulled ourselves up a sandy hill and through the tall grass, finally ending up on solid ground
At the first spot where the ground leveled off I sent Katie ahead so I could get some pictures of her at the end of the bluff. Her presence sent the seabirds into an absolute tizzy. Its not often they get guests out there. They fluttered around screeching through the air while she sat, relaxed, waves tossing and turning behind her. Then I joined her and we both marveled at the stunning vista. It was rather majestic. There was even a weathered rock archway to the left of our view. It was something special, knowing that here was a place people rarely sat; there was a view people rarely saw. That breadth of land and sea was ours alone.
So, our lazy day turned out to be anything but. That short walk stretched into several hours of trekking and climbing and animal watching. I guess we’d have to wait another day to take it easy.
UPDATE! Alice and Katie are now embarking on a Round the World trip!
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