Warm Winds of Summer
Trip Start Aug 22, 2012
64Trip End Jun 16, 2013
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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. Who could possibly drive more than 40 km/hour on these cliff-edge turns?
We stayed in yet another favourite place called the Innlet
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. Our meet-up time was scheduled to be 6:00pm so I was oblivious to the drama happening back in the park. Our gracious hosts at Kunuka Lodge (Cath and Allan) tended to both the lens by immersing it in rice and putting it into a heated space and caring for Jim's injury by giving him ice and arnica for his ribs
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!
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