Day 5 - Tuesday
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The moon shining in my eyes at 2 in the morning was a good sign. It had stopped raining. I stayed in bed a bit longer but got up while it was still dark. I went out on the deck and was greeted by the most magnificent star-filled sky! I sat out there for a while, watching shooting starsthat rivaled the best meteor shower I’ve ever seen. When I went to make a wish, I realized that I had nothing to wish for! Nice feeling. So the day dawned with a clear sky and little wind. I headed out before dawn and made it to the Windy Canyon Lookout around sunrise. I hiked out to the panoramic viewpoint for incredible vistas in the morning sunlight. I went back to Okiwi Harbour (or rather found it for the first time), found a few birds and hung out on the beach for a while. The pounding surf from yesterday was gone, the winds quiet and I wondered why no boat? Oh well, there are worse places to be stuck! I left the beach and as I was leaving I saw a cattleman with six dogs rounding up cattle.
I drove around some more, stopped to pick up some snacks for lunch and now I sit at a park, typing on the laptop. I have some parrots called Kakas for company. Every once in a while a Tui stops by. Life is good.
For a while, it looked like the fine weather was over but it passed.
But the island is beautiful. Around every other turn are beautiful, vast panoramas of mountains, forests, beach, ocean and fields! Tall tree ferns and native kauri trees fill the forests. Stars fill the skies.
The word is that the ferry will be here tomorrow. I’ll check again in the morning.