A Bridge & A Beach

 New Year’s day turned out warm and DRY, despite the weather girl’s worst predictions, so we took the change to grab a couple of newish local caches. We headed to one of the West Coast’s very unique features: a road-rail bridge. I’d be interested to know if there are any like it in your part of the world!

Taramakau Road - Rail Bridge


We were pretty sure that we knew where the cache was from various log comments, and so it was that our GPS pointed us to the same spot. After a bit of gymnastics I got to the right location, and we had our first find for 2010.

A new date to write

Here are a couple of other bridge pictures for those bridge fans amongst you!! (And click here for an even earlier bridge.)

Then we headed to another cache that is actually designed as a night cache – but, you know, that doesn’t always mean it can’t be found during the day. But alas, this time we will have to try again at night. So this is my photo from that cache:

Just a little wildflower


Our next stop was a little spot near the beach (just along from where PB took the beach sunset photo yesterday. After a very short stroll we found our cache – had to trust the GPS on this one, as it was such a small container.

A little container - we've seen alot of these recently.


We continued further along the little track for a sea view, and also happened across some mushrooms.

Karoro Beach

Mushroom on Log


Underneath of mushroom


 We checked on a couple of our own caches too, and that was our first day’s caching for 2010.

A belated New Zealand Christmas Tree

A belated New Zealand Christmas Tree


13 responses to “A Bridge & A Beach


    Never seen one of those before. Rail and Road – our rail authority would have hysterics over that. They are mega big on safety – almost to extremes.

    Thought I was back at work and started looking for signs of corrosion, loss of steel section etc. – then I remembered I am on holiday!

  2. As for than rope cage thingy on the link – that is just plain scary!

  3. We love the old bridge. We actually have an old bridge here that they saved when putting in a new one. It certainly isn’t as big as yours though…

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  4. Interesting. So a bridge that is used for cars and rail? Wild stuff.

  5. LOL!!! Hope you didn’t see too much bad stuff on the bridge photo. It seemed pretty shaky when I was under there!!!!
    We used to have two of these bridges – the other one about 20 minutes down the road has just been rebuilt so the road & rail go side by side.


  6. Yep – I can say I’m very glad not to have to cross by that method. Oh, did I mention that the road rail bridge is on a State highway, and our only access south out of town …….

  7. I knew I had one bridge fan reading – might have to take a few more bridge photos if there’s a few bridge fans!


  8. The West Coast is a pretty wild place!!! (Wild rain here at the moment mostly…….)


  9. P.S. There is a ‘permanent’ bailey bridge on the road about 30 mins north of town …….


  10. we have railroad bridges (they look different though) Def. have NOT be on one you can also drive on though! ahhh! Love the shrooms!

  11. I’ve never seen such a teeny tiny geocache!

  12. Your photography is beautiful! I’m very inspired! Hmm… Need new camera. 🙂

  13. Hi Danielle – glad you came overto visit! I don’t like our camera very much, but I am trying to get better with in and find out what I can do in the hope than i will get to like it more. it’s more complicated than our previous one, even for a simple point & shoot.

    Have you though of joining the Project 365 challenge?