#43 - DOLPHINS!!!

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View of Akaroa from the boat.

*****DAY FIFTY-NINE (Fri, Jan 30th) - I DOVE WITH DOLPHINS TODAY*****

I woke up & immediately decided I wanted to go diving with dolphins today in Akaroa, so I called to see if there was availability.  Luckily, there was a spot on their 12pm trip, so I booked it and then got ready to make the trip over to Akaroa.  It was only supposed to be about 2 hours away - but I'm finding I need to add about 30-40 minutes on to whatever people tell me to account for 1) my slower driving and 2) my ability to make the wrong turns.  I've actually done pretty well so far....but man, it is so confusing to drive around this area!!! 

So I made it just in time to grab a bite to eat & then meet up at Black Cat Adventures for my dolphin trip.

There....do you see it? I think it's a dolphin!
  There were 9 of us & we all got suited up with our wetsuits, booties & masks and then we were off!  We actually had to ride around for a bit until we found a spot where the guides thought it would be good for the chance to see the dolphins.

O. M. G.  It was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO amazing I can't even quite capture it in words.   There were 9 of us in the water, bobbing around, making noise, doing whatever we could to seem interesting to the dolphins and then all of a sudden - these adorable, gorgeous, amazing little hector dolphins started coming at us from all directions.   You would literally turn one way & see three of them surfing the waves towards us, while a couple others were darting past.  They got SO close to me it was crazy!  It was really a special, amazing feeling to be surrounded by this incredible animals.

And now I'm done with the trip!!! Somewhat of a jumping picture. :)
  I really did not want to get back in the boat when they said it was time to go.  It was SUCH an amazing experience! 

It was funny too because after we all got back in the boat - it was a very cool experience to have shared.  There was this guy sitting in front of me the whole way out there & I don't think we said 2 words to each other....but after we got back in the boat, we couldn't stop talking about it.  So, that's how I met Paul - a very nice guy from Liverpool.  He's traveling around the world for 6 months too & had just spent 5 weeks (I think that's right?) in Australia.   After we got back to Akaroa we got a bite to eat & then the funniest thing happened.  Lizzie Callard's mom was going to be in NZ the same time I was & we had sent a couple e-mails trying to figure out when we could connect.

Mama Peeps & Me in Akaroa!!!! YAY Lizard's mom!!!
  Well, as we are sitting there eating soup, my phone rings & it's Mama Peeps (as I like to call her).  I ask her where she is & she says she is in Akaroa!  Not only was she in Akaroa - but she was sitting in a car literally across the street from the restaurant where I was eating!  What are the chances?!?  So, I popped on over & chatted with her & Marianne for a bit...we decided we'd meet up the next day in ChCh.  SO hilarious!!!!

So, the only bummer for the day was as that we didn't really get any pictures of the dolphin trip.  :(   They typically have a photographer out on the boat with us - but their camera was broken.  At the end of the day, it's okay - beacuse this is an experience I will never ever forget - I have some very solid pictures in my mind.  :)

After having a bite to eat with Paul,  I gave him a ride back to ChristChurch.  He was really the first official passenger in my car & it's good that I didn't terrify him!  :)  We planned to meet out later that night in ChCh....so please go to the next entry to read about that!

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