#39 - a GORGEOUS day in the catlains
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*****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.
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.
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.
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! :)