Trip Start Mar 06, 2013
30Trip End Apr 04, 2013
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Martinborough, New Zealand
Lucy also provided us with ideas for what we should do today. First we drove out to Castle Point on the east coast just north from Masterton. In the hour-long, 30 mile drive out there we counted passing 5 cars on the road. The small roads here are not very busy.
The tiny town of was pretty much empty since the season is really over but a few brave souls were trying to surf in the bay. We walked around the rock outcropping that at one end holds a lighthouse and along its length is dotted with people fishing down the cliffs on the ocean side. We were all at imminent peril as we are warned that rogue waves are common and there is a memorial to those who have lost their lives at that place
The climb up to the light house was lovely and from there we could see the ragged bits of Sandra (formlery tropical cyclone Sandra) that were breaking over the big ridge we flew over yesterday. Rain and mountain obscuration along the ridge and down around the Wellington area were consistent throughout the day. The big valley where Masterton lies and out to the coast at Castlepoint remained largely clear with only a few sprinkles.
When we grew tired of the view we headed back to Masterton to briefly check in with the Safari crew. There was nothing we could do with them at this point since our crew is incomplete so we decided to check in to our Safari hotel. It is quite the posh place, with quite the posh price as well. Access to the internets is not included except via the hotel's kiosks.
Following Lucy's recommendations for dinner we drove south to a little wine town of Martinborough
Passing lots of sheep fields on the way back to Masterton, Doedo found out that he can sheep whistle. Stopping for a scenic sunset picture, there was a large herd of sheep. A mild whistle would get them to face the camera but they lost interest fast. After a couple of pictures he hit the right note. A hundred sheep started running away and going for the edge of the field. That particular whistle must have been some poor aproximation in Dutch-American accented dog whistling for them to round up and go for the gate. He should have switched to video. Once a couple were running, true to form, they all did.
Tomorrow is forecast to bring real rain to this area. Our day will start with a run down to Wellington to collect Jon, our 3rd Safari crew member. For now I'm off to the pool and then for an early bedtime.