Crystal Clear Water

Trip Start Jan 11, 2011
Trip End Jul 01, 2011

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

HI Everyone!

Yesterday (Sunday the 16th), Sonja and Brendon were so nice again to take me to Abel Tasman National Park. It was about an hours drive from Tahunanui but took us a little longer because we made some stops. We made a very important stop on our way there in a town called Motueka for some ice cream! And let me tell you, all dairy products are AMAZING in NZ! The ice cream especially! New Zealanders have this wonderful idea of putting vanilla ice in a special machine with fresh berries (which are also amazing this time of year in Nelson) to make fresh berry ice cream that is to die for! I had mixed berry ice cream which was raspberries, boysonberries, and blackberries. Yummy! It was so smooth!
After our bellies were full of ice cream well before noon, we started our trip to the national park again. Once we arrived at the park, it had turned into another clear blue day. A day perfect for a trek. There are lots of treks through the park as I found out by the map. Some lasting days and others only half an hour. I found out from Sonja and Brendon that there are actually seven great treks in NZ, all in different regions of the country and all varying in length. We decided, though, to take an estimated 50 minute trek to a small bay where we could go swimming. The trek was wonderful. The path itself was so well kept, the landscape was beautiful, and the sights and sounds of nature were stunning, things I had never seen or heard before. I saw a heron (smaller than a blue heron), a wax eye bird, a fan tail bird, and a Weka. I also heard the call of a Tui bird (also a wonderful sound that I wake up to in the morning). Check out the sound on line if you get a chance! We made it to our destination, Coquille Bay, in about 45 minutes. When we arrived, we were just hot enough to make it perfect to jump into the crystal clear water of the bay. It was so refreshing! And I could see my feet through the water even with just my head out of water. I really am falling in love with the beaches here. And I am proud to say that I haven't gotten severely burnt yet even though NZ does have an ozone hole right over top of it! :)

I stayed in the water for about 15 minutes. I was cooled down and ready for some lunch. I had packed a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. That's right, they have PB here! Not only do they have PB, but it is some of the best PB that I have ever eaten! It's called Pic's PB and is locally home-made by a man here in Nelson! After the sandwich, I took a wonderful nap in the shade and just enjoyed the sound of the waves.

Then we made the trek back to the car, and on our way home we stopped at two fruit stands. There are fruit stands everywhere, and the fruit i so fresh!!! We got a bag of cherries, pears, and apples. So good!!! :)

Something that really struck me during my adventures to Abel Tasman, was the tide difference that occurs here in Nelson. When the tide goes out here there are whole bays that drain! And then those bays fill right back up in the matter of a day! AMAZING!!!! That just blue my mind. Sometimes even the tide goes out so quickly and with so much volume that people can jump in at some places and be taken out to a larger body of water just by the momentum of the draining water! Just crazy!

Well that's it for now, tomorrow is my first day at the vet clinic...
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amy on

Gorgeous! I'm glad you are having so much fun!

Hannah on

Sounds amazing! I am so glad you are starting to like the beach. After all this is one of the best places in the world to start enjoying the beach!

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