#41 - a few more chill days in dunedin! yay!

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Heidi & Chris

*****DAY FIFTY-FIVE (Monday, Jan 26th) - A RELAXING DAY IN DUNEDIN AT THE HAZYM RANCH*****

Decided to move my ticket out one week later!  Woo hooo!  I'm so excited.  I'm going to go to the A.R.E.A 9 concert with Chris & Heidi & a group of their friends.  It's a music festival with all NZ bands....camping weekend & all.  I'm going to head up to Christchurch, Kaikoura, etc - have time to do the stuff I want to do there....and then head back down to Twizel & meet up with them...and then leave on the 10th.  So crazy!  I love it.

Today was a whole lot of nothing.

That's Max!
  I just loved staying in ONE place for a day.  I realized I had been moving around a lot lately....so I really just chilled, went into town with Heidi, saw the steepest street in the world (shocking, right people from SF?!?  there's something steeper out there!  Baldwin Street), came back, had another yummy dinner with the Milazzo's (who are by the way, the most amazing hosts!!!  they have been so welcoming & wonderful!!) & then we all went down to the beach to watch the penquins come in.  We actually got to see a couple of them waddle on up the beach.  So cool.  I'm loving all the wildlife stuff!  :)

****DAY FIFTY-SIX (Tues, Jan 27th) - WILD WINDY DAY & LOTS OF WILDLIFE!*****

Speaking of wildlife, that's pretty much all I did today!  Started with the butterfly exhibit at the Otago museum (SO cool - there was this one butterfly that befriended me & hung out with me for at least 10 minutes), followed by the albatross colony (also SO cool - it was a very windy day so there were a ton of them out there flying around!), and wrapped up with the Nature Tours thingy (and yet another cool thing for the day - got to drive in an argo, saw fur seals, penquins, and shags - defintiely a worthwhile tour).

This butterfly landed on my hand and hung out with me for at least 10 minutes!

The drive back from the Otago Peninsula was crazy - it took me an hour to get back to Chris & Heidi's.  It's such a tease because it felt like I could practically touch there house from out there & then I had to drive ALL the way back into Dunedin, then out again to the Port & then out to Aramoana! 

Mellow night of pizza & watching Tropic Thunder with Chris & Heidi.

Oh & I bought Max this penquin egg thingy where you put it in water & the penquin will come out of it's shell & grow into a little penquin pet.  We put it in water & he was so funny - he said he was going to watch it until it hatched.  (It takes 12-24 hours to do that!)  So cute.  So, we'll see how the egg does!  Very exciting.

my closest shot of one!

****DAY FIFTY-SEVERN (Wed, Jan 28th) - ANOTHER RELAXING DAY.  LOVE IT.*****

Beautfiul run this morning down the mole & then down the beach.  It was wonderful to be on the beach ALL ALONE.  It was so peaceful!!!  :)  At one point I looked up and there was a seal (or a sea lion - who knows) just playing in the waves - sooooo cool!

I then made my way into town, mailed my first package home, had the BEST flat white I've had to date at Mazagran Espresso Bar, walked around town, got a delicous kebab at a Turkish restaurant called Paasha, burned some DVDs, and just walked around.  Very mellow day.  The weather wasn't that great, so it was a good day to hop online & get updated on my blog. 

When I went back to the house, Chris made a great suggestion that I do the hike up the huge hill close to their house.

Such a fun jumping picture at the top of the mountain! :)
  It was SO awesome.  He gave me hiking poles - and I definitely needed them!  It was super steep in places & just such a cool hike.  At the top there were amazing views of Aramoana & the whole coastline.  There were so many sheep up there too!  So funny!  I think the phrase should be "scaredy sheep" instead of "scaredy cat" because man those sheep are so SCARED.  I would take one step & they would be racing off away from me.  Very funy.

Anyway, then Chris and I hung out for a bit & I got a lesson about salt water fish tanks.  They have 4 tanks in their house & they are so awesome!  :)  It was fun to learn more about them.

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Heidi & Chris
Heidi & Chris
Thats Max!
That's Max!
This butterfly landed on my hand a…
This butterfly landed on my hand …
my closest shot of one!
my closest shot of one!
Such a fun jumping picture at the …
Such a fun jumping picture at the…
Heidi & Max at Baldwin Street - th…
Heidi & Max at Baldwin Street - t…
Me & Max!
Me & Max!
View driving back to Aramoana from…
View driving back to Aramoana fro…
Two little penquins running...or w…
Two little penquins running...or …
Cute penquin coming out of the wat…
Cute penquin coming out of the wa…
Butterfly exhibit at the Otago Mus…
Butterfly exhibit at the Otago Mu…
Pretty butterfly!
Pretty butterfly!
This one landed on my hand - I thi…
This one landed on my hand - I th…
So gorgeous!
So gorgeous!
Another pretty butterfly!
Another pretty butterfly!
And another pretty butterfly!
And another pretty butterfly!
The Albatross Center...um, Centre.
The Albatross Center...um, Centre.
View from the Albartoss Center of …
View from the Albartoss Center of…
Shags & other birds...
Shags & other birds...
Albatross!
Albatross!
These birds can get up to SIX FEET…
These birds can get up to SIX FEE…
There was so much wind that day it…
There was so much wind that day i…
Argos for our Nature Tour!
Argos for our Nature Tour!
View from the top of the Nature To…
View from the top of the Nature T…
Shags.
Shags.
Shags on the rocks.
Shags on the rocks.
AWWWWWW - SO CUTE!
AWWWWWW - SO CUTE!
That white thing is a penquin!
That white thing is a penquin!
Im just loving these vans.
I'm just loving these vans.
This was my morning run!
This was my morning run!
More views from my morning run.
More views from my morning run.
Seals just chilling on the mole wh…
Seals just chilling on the mole w…
More morning run.
More morning run.
These shells are all over the beac…
These shells are all over the bea…
Artistic shell shot.  :)
Artistic shell shot. :)
I ran on this completely empty bea…
I ran on this completely empty be…
Attempt at a self-timed jumping pi…
Attempt at a self-timed jumping p…
Another self timed jumping picture.
Another self timed jumping picture.
Ah!  Sun salutations!
Ah! Sun salutations!
Run back to the house.
Run back to the house.
Keyhole rock.
Keyhole rock.
The Hazy M Ranch!
The Hazy M Ranch!
Sheep on my evening hike.
Sheep on my evening hike.
Hi sheepies!
Hi sheepies!
View down to the mole from the hik…
View down to the mole from the hi…
It looks like Im hugging those po…
It looks like I'm hugging those p…
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