|New Zealand Harbour Seal taking life easy|
We walked through rain forest and along beaches for about 5 or 6 miles. The best part was having to cross over a tidal flat (at low tide!) and nonetheless walking through a good quarter mile of mud, shells, and the occasional stream. It was really fun, and it tuckered us out really well.
|Barry getting spa mud treatment|
Today we drove west and south to the West Coast of the Southern Island to Punakaiki National Park. On the way we stopped outside Murchison at a deep chasm with a rushing stream below. That's where we walked the scariest Swing Bridge ever constructed (IMHO) and we rode back across the stream on a zip line. It was a blast. But the Swing Bridge was not a blast as it played off my fears of unprotected heights and rushing deep water ... wow I was glad to get across that one. One step at a time. Good sermon illustration.
At Punakaiki Park there are these very cool towers of limestone right on the beach, cutely named "Pancake Rocks." We had a couple really nice shorter walks here.
|Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki National Park|
After we saw the stars in the earth we took another look at the Milky Way; it's so gorgeous here, far away from the lights of a town. Oh we also saw a kiwi (bird, not NZ citizen, fuzzy fruit, or dollar) scurry across the road in front of the car. Nice!
And the stinky night? An intestinal bug made a nocturnal visit...but all well now, thank God.
Love to all and prayers for the tornado victims in Massachusetts.