#39 - a GORGEOUS day in the catlains

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So pretty!

*****DAY FIFTY-THREE (SAT, JAN 24th) - SCENERY, SURAT BAY & SEALS*****

After Slope Point, I cruised along to Porpoise Bay & Curio Bay.  I was excited to just chill on the beach for awhile.  It was so HOT out that I put on my bathing suit at Porpoise Bay & headed down to the water.  It felt great to STOP moving for a bit too!!  :)  After that stop I stumbled upon the Niagra Falls Cafe where there happened to be a Bluegrass Festival going on.  It was great to sit outside, have a little bite to eat & listen to some music.  I met a group of fun women....Jo and friends...they took me in & befriended me at the concert.  I also chatted with this group of people who are on a bike tour of New Zealand...it looked so cool.

View from the inside of Cathedral Caves, looking out.
  They are doing a 7 day thing where a car follows them from place to place.  They set their mileage for the day & they can all do as much or as little of it that they want to do.  I have to look into something like this for another trip!  They told me to go to www.experienceplus.com to plan it. 

So then I was off because my whole goal for the day was to make it to Cathedral Caves by 6pm - you can only go in 2 hours before low tide...and low tide was at 8pm.  I think I was the 2nd one in the gates.  It was a 15 minute bush walk down to the beach & then a 10 minute walk along the beach to the caves.  SO cool & so worth it!!! 

After the caves, I made it to Owaka (close to my final destination of Surat Bay) & I went to the Lumberjack Cafe for dinner.

Some more of my artistic shots! :)
  And wouldn't you know it....the biking group from Niagra Cafe was there AND Jo & her friends walked in.  Just so funny to run into people again like that.  Granted there aren't THAT many places to choose from down there - but STILL!

For some reason I decided to get a steak for dinner.  I felt like I needed to treat myself to it - no idea why.  Anyway, it was better than decent & it was accompanied by kumara mash...which I LOVE.  :)

After dinner I made it down to my hostel in Surat Bay.  And let me clarfiy - I wasn't actually staying IN the hostel....I was going to be staying in the MOBILE HOME *NEXT* to the hostel.  Oh my.  I have pictures.  Well, the sun was setting when I got there & I wanted to get out on the beach & see if I could see any of the sea lions - or are they seals.

I swear it was like a National Geographic show!
...crap....I get them all confused.  I'll check with Lonely Planet & come back & update it with the right info soon.

So, I'm walking down the beach checking out all the creatures hanging out there & WHO ENDS UP WALKING DOWN THE BEACH...but that same biking group!!!  SO funny!  So, we stop & chat with each other & of course start joking about who is stalking who.  There were 4 folks from Canada (Grant, Donna, Jeff & Akiko...Jeff & Akikfo are living in Hong Kong now), another couple & Peter, the bike guide.  So funny that we kept running into each other.

The sea lion (that's what we are going with for now) watching was awesome.  I really felt like I was on National Geographic!  I saw them fighting, playing, etc & I got some great shots (that will be uploaded soon hopefully!)  Very cool experience. 

Time to head back to my MOBILE HOME.  OH my gosh, Michelle Wildstein if you are reading this, you woud have just about died!  :)

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So pretty!
So pretty!
View from the inside of Cathedral …
View from the inside of Cathedral…
Some more of my artistic shots!  :)
Some more of my artistic shots! :)
I swear it was like a National Geo…
I swear it was like a National Ge…
Porpoise Bay
Porpoise Bay
Porpoise Bay
Porpoise Bay
Cool shot of some kid boogie board…
Cool shot of some kid boogie boar…
Flax at Porpoise Bay
Flax at Porpoise Bay
Curio Bay - petrified forest.
Curio Bay - petrified forest.
I saw a little crabbie!  Barely ca…
I saw a little crabbie! Barely c…
Another view of Curio Bay.
Another view of Curio Bay.
Self portrait.  :)
Self portrait. :)
Me in Curio Bay.
Me in Curio Bay.
Gorgeous (I use that word a lot!) …
Gorgeous (I use that word a lot!)…
Bluegrass festival at the Niagra F…
Bluegrass festival at the Niagra …
Friends I made at Niagra Falls Caf…
Friends I made at Niagra Falls Ca…
Walk down to the Cathedral Caves.
Walk down to the Cathedral Caves.
Beach towards Cathedral Caves.
Beach towards Cathedral Caves.
Be-u-ti-ful
Be-u-ti-ful
Thats me & my shadow!
That's me & my shadow!
Side of Cathedral Caves
Side of Cathedral Caves
Another view looking out of Cathed…
Another view looking out of Cathe…
And yet another
And yet another
Cathedral Caves from the outside
Cathedral Caves from the outside
I could not get enough of that bea…
I could not get enough of that be…
How does my hair look?  :)
How does my hair look? :)
Couldnt stop taking pictures!
Couldn't stop taking pictures!
View looking back at the beach to …
View looking back at the beach to…
My room for the night in Surat Bay!
My room for the night in Surat Bay!
Yes, thats where I slept at the S…
Yes, that's where I slept at the …
GORGEOUS sunset over Surat Bay
GORGEOUS sunset over Surat Bay
More of the sunset
More of the sunset
And more...
And more...
And more...
And more...
Seals on the beach that night.
Seals on the beach that night.
Owaka
photo by: TrudyNRonnie