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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Day-Trippin'

We've had a glorious summer here. Yes, I know I'm rubbing it in for those with snow. :)

Of course, sunny, hot days demand a trip to the beach, so last week we packed the kids up and headed south to Curio Bay. This isn't a swimming beach as such, although there's great swimming in the next bay. Instead, this was a leisurely sightseeing trip (in an air-conditioned car! Very nice in the 30+ degree temperatures).

On the way, we stopped at the Tunnel Hill walk - an abandoned railway tunnel, 246m long and pitch black. And we didn't have a torch. The minute we stepped in, all I could think of was the movie, Cloverfield, lol. DH and the kids went all the way through guided by cellphone screen light, while I kept my nephew company in the first half of the tunnel.





Amazing to think the whole thing was dug out and built by hand.



We also stopped at Purakanui Falls. The photo doesn't do it justice.


Very pretty. Except for the toilets. Note to the authorities - calling it a 'Vault' toilet does not disguise the fact that it's a long-drop! Thank goodness for wet-wipes and sanitising handwash!


We timed it well to arrive at Curio Bay about 5pm. As we arrived the yellow-eyed penguins were starting to come in to feed their chicks. They are quite tolerant of humans as long as you are quiet and still, don't get between them and their nests, or within 10m.
Unlike these idiots...
...we stayed the distance and got to see about a dozen penguins. The annoying thing about morons people who won't stay their distance is that it can scare the penguins into returning to sea and abandoning their nest, which means the chicks starve to death.




The other drawcard of Curio Bay is the Fossilised Forest. In the photo above the penguin is on a fossilised tree-stump. The straight lines you can see are fossilised tree trunks. At some time in the past (about 160 million years ago) there was a flood which knocked down the trees and covered the trunks and stumps in silt, preserving and fossilising the remains. The kids were fascinated.

Unfortunately, there weren't any dolphins while we were there although we did catch glimpses of sealions swimming out in the kelp.

We finally started heading homewards with promises of MacDonalds for dinner. Now at one point we were only 37km from Invercargill and in hindsight we should have gone to McD there. But, no, Gore will have McD we thought. Wrongly as it turned out. Nevermind, Balclutha will have one. Wrong again! Luckily, Subways has spread to all small towns so we ended up with a much healthier dinner.

It was a great day out and a wonderful end to the holidays.

(and look, Judy - not a mention of sewing, lol.)

3 comments:

Rhoto said...

Wow!! What a wonderful, fresh air day!! (It's wonderfully fresh here in snowland, too, eh!!)
Thanks for you nice, encouraging note, Keely!!
Soft hug,
Rhonda in Montreal (PR)

judy r said...

And without a single mention of sewing, you write a very cool post about a very cool trip (well, in the car anyway!), and post photos of a very cool part of the world to share with others all over the world. I told you that I always enjoy your posts because I like your writing style. Don't deprive me just because you have no sewing to post about! (Especially when you go back to varsity and phone conversations become rare and short)

So, now that's out of the way, what are you sewing next? ;-)

(And I still think that waiting for Ottobres to arrive in the mail is worse than waiting for "that time of the month"!)

Kat said...

Thanks for the visual cyber day trip!