A Free Trip...Paid for with James' Blood
Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
173Trip End Dec 01, 2011
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So they passed us a panflet, we ran to our van, grabbed a bunch of stuff we thought we may need (not really knowing what the cruise exactly was) and ran to the boat
Having so few passengers was also a great thing as there were only now 7 passengers and 3 great crew members, who pretty much had the day off and got to have some fun themselves. It was cool to go on a trip where it felt you were all just hanging out for the day!
The trip took us out to the Poor Knights Islands, where we would be diving the next day, and we basically just anchored up at different spots around the islands and then could either snorkel, swim around, kayak or paddle board around.
At the first spot the captain pointed out a spot in the cliff where if you dove down a bit there was a cave you could swim into and then come up into a small air pocket at the top. James and I decided we would check that out first and then snorkel along the rest of the rock after. Well being in wetsuits we were quite a bit more bouyant and couldn't stay down to get into the cave so they got some weights for us to help us along. One of the crew members also came over to help us out. James went first and disappeared into the cave and then the crew member helped me a little into the cave as I tried coming up a little too early and got a bit caught underwater at the entry because I hadn't swam in far enough and ended up scraping along the rock all into the small cave
As we made the short swim back to the boat we called to the other two crew members that we had a bit of an emergency and after their initial reaction of shock they burst into laughter...not being able to hold it back simply because the three of us in the water were cracking jokes and laughing ourselves. I just left James in the capable hands of the crew and they did a fine job of wrapping James` head up mummy style. After they were done with him he jumped in a Kayak and when I came up from snorkelling and spotted him I first thought it was some old man with white hair and a beard in the kayak beacause of the bandaging but when I realized it was James I burst into laughter once more.
Too bad for James he missed out on the snorkelling because there are masses of fish around the Poor Knights Islands and all sorts of coral and other cool things under the water. The crew told us some history about the islands, took us into the world`s largest sea cave, under some arches and all in all (besides James` head) it was an awesome day!
When we got back I signed up to finish my Advanced Course for diving, that was cut short in Indonesia when I had gotten sick, and then we headed to the main city in Northland (just a short drive away) so we could get James checked out at the Hospital
At the hospital we were very pleasantly surprised to learn that some type of tourist insurance in New Zealand covered the hospital visit so we didn`t have to worry our parents about another claim. When we got in to see the doctor she scrubbed James head clean of the blood and he said it was one of the most painful experiences ever...she really dug in there! Her first weapon of choice, she said, would be staples but after hearing James` weary ``oh?`` to this she said she could try glue and hopefully it would stick. The staples also would have required us having to make another trip to a hospital to have to remove them and she knew this would be a bit of an inconvenience to us. Thankfully the glue worked and we were on our way out of the hospital in no time.
We made our way back towards Tutukaka and just stopped at a rest area on the way. While we were cooking up supper a cop car pulled up and we thought we were getting a fine for parking there but it turned out the cop stopped to check in the river because he was looking for something or someone...we didn`t quite get what it was he was looking for. This of course though made us nervous and after the cop left we quickly finished up making our supper, packed our stuff into the vehicle and locked all our doors and refused to get out again...we were a little on edge.