Wet, Windy, Sandy... Yup, this is paradise...

Trip Start Feb 28, 2009
Trip End Apr 12, 2009

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Time to check out the beach... In the rain... Hmmmmmm...

Our stay near Cathedral Cove was in Hahei at a hostel where we thankfully could take shelter from the sudden rainy weather that was over us...

Just our luck really... After several days of sunny weather, we get torrential rains when we head towards the beach :P (No sunburn for us though thankfully :P)
We shared our hostel with a large contingent of Germans who also just lounged about the place doing crosswords and jigsaw puzzles.

Since we went here to see Cathedral Cove, we braved the weather anyway during a small lull. (only wind, no rain ;) (check out the palmtrees))
The trek to Cathedral Cove was a good 45 minute walk from the nearest parkinglot. The pathway winds up and down and around several hills and is picturesque in its own right. (But also quite exhausting for couch-potatoes like us ;))

Normally Cathedral Cove is said to be a wonderful representation of paradise where you can wander on the beach barefoot with the waves softly lapping at the shore... The beautiful blue water inviting you to go swim and dive and just really unwind from the stresses of the day :)

As you can see it STILL is a very nice place even in bad weather, but we definitely didn't go swimming in that murky water. Instead we took shelter from the wind and sea-spray in the nice cave that connects two segments of the beach. (The rough sea making one of them virtually unreachable in a safe manner.)

One of the more recognisable features of Cathedral Cove is that there are 2 GIGANTIC rocks a few meters out to sea. They have been weathered down and smoothed out due to erosion. We would have posed next to them for the scale, but the sea was so rough that it was just too risky...

After recovering at the beach we braved the trek back and hid inside the rest of the day too... We didn't succumb to the temptation of crosswords and jigsaws, but instead to internet usage and Nintendo DS playing (we're MODERN :P)
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