Over Christmas & New Year PB & I had a twelve day holiday. For once, we actually got to take the holiday that we planned. The last two years have been challenging ones with a lot of family illnesses & surgeries, and we have often had to change or put on hold our plans. So we were glad that we had the chance to do our own thing on this trip. We’ve discovered that we’ve got to take our chances while we can.
< This photo is from Clarke’s Mill GC1TW3Q which is near the town where a lot of my family live. We’d like to go back here when it’s open & see inside. I didn’t realise that it ever DID open, so we’ll have to plan our timing better on some other trip.
By the time we arrived it was quite dark, so we didn’t really see the landscape around us, but in the morning we saw that we literally were camped in a narrow gully and that the river was quite pretty.
There were – of course – caches. Where in NZ aren’t there caches!!! So we went to hunt a couple. They were both a good challenge despite quite descriptive hints, as the GPS reception under tree cover, in a gully was not too good. Here is me at GC1BDHX The Draw Bridge
I favourite this cache just because I really enjoyed our morning stroll along the sand. You see, we don’t really have much sand on our West Coast beaches – especially right near our little town – and what there is, is greyish, not golden and, well…. sandy coloured!
These two photos are from near a place called Shag Point (yes, really!) There are a few caches there, some we got on a previous trip, but we found three more this trip – and had a DNF. The seagull got photographed during our DNF, as there were too many people about for us to have a really good search. There is an ‘official’ seal viewing lookout in this are too, but we saw more seals & closer at the cache called Seal Watch GC274P5 . Probably a case of the locals knowing where the best viewing really is.
We also did a few caches around the little town of Palmerston. Some of the caches here, I have to say, were not that great. But it was still worth the stop as there are a few good ones too. Our most interesting one was Sir John Makenzie GC25YDV . This was a real stealth challenge, and I’m sure in the end we quite obvious, but sometimes it’s the only way. Again a few photos – including the rose & statue got taken while searching for this one!! I really do wonder about people sometimes, as I’m sure one of the dozen or more that passed by MUST have wondered what we were doing.