Marahau to Havelock

Trip Start Jan 22, 2013
Trip End Mar 18, 2013

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Friday, February 15, 2013

We woke up today not knowing what we were going to do. Finally!  Since we had picked up a day we decided to make our way towards Picton, where we will take the 3+ hour  Interislander ferry to Wellington on the North Island.  So 6k from Marahau where we stayed the last 2 nights, we found Kaiteriteri Beach.  Pulled our campervan onto the beach parking, got out our lawn chairs and towels, and hung out there for an hour plus.  Karen wandered off and came back with French fries and Iced coffee for lunch.  The iced coffee meant ice cream in the coffee.

Left there for Motueka to see if the ATM would still give us cash.  Phew!  It worked.  This area is a very agricultural place.  Back in the early 1900's they grew tobacco.  Now they grow all kinds of fruit, vegetables, and hops.  Are hops a fruit or a vegie?

Went from Motueka to Nelson and found a huge beach park with a big slide, go karts, skating rink, mini-golf, bumpa boats,and  rv park.  We hung out on this beach for a while watching wind kite boarders practicing.  The I- site person in Motueka suggested we stop at the Pelorus River for a swim, so we did. Then it was on to Havelock, which is on the very end of Marlborough Sound, really it’s on Pelorus Sound.  Marlborough Sound is made up of 4 "sounds". 

Havelock is the green –lipped mussel capital of the world.  I bet you didn’t know some mussels have green lips.  This is not a joke.  In fact, we stopped at the only grocery, and they had a refrigerated cold water bin, kind of like a popcorn machine for mussels, with a door to open and tongs to pick out the mussels.  We paid $5 for about 30 mussels.  Took them back to the CV and boiled them in some Aucklund sauvignon blanc, and mixed them into our pasta alfredo.  Tasty!  Met some people from North Dakota in the kitchen and went for walk to the large marina next to the campground.

About 9 pm we heard what sounded like a tsunami siren going off.  I stepped outside but nobody else seemed to be worried about. And no water.  A couple of minutes later the guy in the trailer next to us was standing outside and I asked him if he knew what the siren was for.  He didn’t answer me.  I went back inside and the siren stopped.  But then we heard a different siren, like a fire truck siren.  And wouldn’t you know, it showed up at the trailer next door with the guy who didn’t answer me.  Hmmm.  Turns out his wife had to be taken away by an ambulance.  Too much drama for one night.  Karen hung out in the sleeper above the cab and looked out the small open window the whole time trying to figure out what was going on.
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Bro Ted on

i don't know the answer to the hops question, only that they are great in Beer!

nice picture of Karen coming out of the water.

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