now and glad to be back to ultra-fast broadband!
early on Day Three of our Road Trip, so that we could watch the sun rise behind
the Castlepoint Lighthouse. It was a wee
bit chilly and very windy, but worth the effort to crawl out of my warm bed.
today was down to the bottom of the North Island to visit the Cape Palliser
down here are not main highways and hazards can be different, like this herd of
cows we came across.
Some of the
road was positively scary, like this “active slip” area we passed through.
arrived at the small settlement of Ngawi, with its multitude of bulldozers and
tractors sitting on the steep rocky beach.
used to launch (and retrieve) the fishing boats that go out from here to catch
paua (abalone) and crayfish.
I never had
the energy to climb the 253 steps up to the lighthouse (not recommended for
anyone who dislikes heights or when conditions are very windy), but my three
companions made the trip up and back down.
intrigued by this toilet in the carpark, tied down to prevent it blowing away
in strong winds!
There are also
a lot of seals along the coastline here.
I walked down onto one beach and wondered who was coughing – it was a
seal sitting on a rock, warning me off. I
simply had not seen him as he blended in so well with his background.
was up on the grass and easily spotted.
We had a
lovely dinner this evening, but I will write about that tomorrow.