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Picton and return crossing

November 24, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

When we first arrived on the South Island, we liked Picton and said that we would make some time on the way back, so we arrived a bit early and camped up in Picton. The exploring runs out pretty quick, but one thing that did keep us amused was the hull of an old clipper with some pretty amazing statistics in terms of size, capacity, history, distance travelled etc. As we were admiring what was one of the oldest things in New Zealand we were joined by a couple of Americans who amused us greatly.

 

daddy - when will it stop raining.

We were soaking up the atmosphere, imagining the salt spray blasting over the decks as the immigrants looked to the new lands, from one side we heard the unmistakable drawl and, “gee it’s a wooden boat, pretty trashed aint it”, and he replied “yeah, it’s in a state” before walking on by – very funny – opportunity missed.

OK - it's not perfect!

view down Queen Charlotte Sound from the snout

view down the sound as we departed

We enjoyed our walk around the peninsula to the “snout” before enduring another gale force night. It really does blow a lot here, but true to form, the crossing was dead flat and clam even though there were gale force winds battering the deck. Very strange but we weren’t complaining.

leaving the South Island behind

different people dealt with the wind in different ways.

After briefly catching up with Nicki on the way north, we headed to an unusually boring campsite, the main pleasure being watching a car get bogged down in deep mud. Luckily, the dad fancied himself as a road builder, jacked the car up and built himself a route out. It did take him about an hour (we had 3 cups of tea whilst we watched him building), but to his credit he did then drive straight out. You can see that the highlights are very varied.

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