Lands Down Under (Day 12)

January 22

Dunedin

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[Well, it had to happen.  As forecast, we were heading into an all day rain and wind event.  This is the Super’s photo coming into Port Chalmers, our drop off point for Dunedin (New Zealand’s oldest city).]

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[On the ground and in the bus.]

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[No, the Vikings have never played here.]

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[First stop, the Railway Station.]

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[The station’s platform is a kilometer long, the world’s longest catwalk.]

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[Anne and Shari getting such information from our minibus driver/tour guide, as we look both ways.]

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[Inside, the local greeting club in full regalia.]

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[And moving upstairs to check on such things as . . . ]

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[The New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame . . . ]

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[I should have purchased an All Blacks tee shirt in the gift shop here.  Never saw any others as nifty?]

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[Interesting that in the country of the All Blacks, perennially the best rugby team in the world, a woman basketball player was chosen to “greet” visitors.]

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[Two Super photos, capturing Bert, Kathy and me trying to find our way around . . . ]

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[Is this the way out?]

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[My photo in an artist’a studio . . . ]

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[And two Super photos there . . . ]

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[The Biddies hamming it up with the welcome wagon.]

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[A Super photo of the Railway Station gardens.]

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[A camera’s depth of field can be seriously compromised by rain on the window.]

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[The bus driver pointing . . . this may have been the spot of a major ferry disaster in a bad storm a few years ago.]

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[The Molars – didn’t stop for a better photo op because of the weather.]

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[Looks like it would have been a great view on a clear day?]

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[The Super accidentally captured a bushy eyebrowed tourist in this shot.]

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[I believe this is St. Clair Beach, but don’t bet on it.]

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[The rain shows no signs of let up.]

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[Now in St. Kilda, a Dunedin suburb along the shore.]

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[St. Kilda is the patron saint of people on Medicare.]

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[On the point is a salt water pool.]

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[The storm chasers file out of our minibus for photo ops!]

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[Three shots by the Super as we all try to shoot through the wind, the rain, and the mud.]

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[Let’s go inside – at the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum . . . ]

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[The Super shot me touching the rock . . . it turned me into a newt?]

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[A whaling boat]

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[Two more from the Super]

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[All aboard!]

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[And back to me.]

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[Famous folk of the area.]

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[Likely not a yellow-rumped warbler.]

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[Freddy was so fresh I had to slap him!]

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[We went to the Cadbury chocolate factory because . . . well, why wouldn’t we?]

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[Don’t let The Biddies fool you – they were there for the chocolate!]

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[And a Super Cadbury shot]

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[Outside the Cadbury, downtown Dunedin.]

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[Now, as usual, we were looking for a fine dining experience . . .]

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[This looks like it could be the place!]

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[And it was!!]

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[Tummy’s full, it was time to find our way back to the ship . . . ]

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[I think that’s our bus?  (It wasn’t, but we eventually did find our way back or I wouldn’t be doing this.)]

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It is impossible to travel faster than the speed of light, and certainly not desirable, as one’s hat keeps blowing off.  ~  Woody Allen

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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