SeaLion - Tick. Penguin - Tick
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Driving back out from the house and heading towards Gore we saw the incredible views we’d missed in the dark yesterday - rolling green fields with a back drop of snowy mountains. It continued to be spectacular as we headed for the coast and the first beach we reached was wild and beautiful
Then in was back in the car for the half hour drive to Cannibal Bay, where Toany had told us to hunt out those Sea Lions. The beach was completely deserted when we got there and without much hope of success we decided to walk south and see what we found. The tide was racing in and we had to jump/wade some streams, Ironman being a hero giving me a piggy back. We were staring ahead at some enormous bull kelp wondering if it could be an animal, when we realised that it definitely wasn’t but the massive beast appearing from the water was! We used our out of shape running muscles and sprinted the km towards him, watching as he awkwardly heaved his massive blubbery body up the sea shore to the sand dunes. When we reached him he had flopped down just in the edge of the dunes and was trying to have a snooze.
He really was amazing, so massive, but so sleepy
Right, we thought, penguins next and we’ll have done it all. We then made the probably unwise decision to head to Curio Bay, right at the southern end of the Catlins. We were in a bit of a rush as they only emerge from the sea to nest a couple of hours before sunset and it was quite a long way. The road was winding and deserted, and MUCH longer than we thought - a very bad time to realise you’re running out of petrol! It was a bit very tense drive under a darkening sky, until we hit a tiny township and found a café where a very helpful guy headed into his shed and brought out an emergency can and filled us up!
On the way back we realised just how far we’d some, as it took an hour and a half, making at least 6hrs round trip. It probably would be best to have taken a couple of days there, but with our shortened time limits, it was well worth it. We just managed to catch Lindsay before she headed out to bridge, having left another scrumptious home-cooked stew for us to enjoy with Toany and Jimmy. More great conversation during which Mikey and I interrogated Jimmy and Toany about their farming lives and tried to comprehend exactly what it is they do. We should find out in the morning however as we follow them out onto the farm at 7.30! Best get to bed, we’ve not been up that early for a while and really don’t want to miss it.
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