Lands Down Under (Day 13)

January 23


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[We left the stormy weather behind in Dunedin and found beautiful weather in Timaru, just up the coast a bit.]

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[Lest it’s not obvious, the port.  Yup, it’s a port town.]

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[Leaving the Maasdam behind . . . ]

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[We hiked into the city.]

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[Stopping to smell the roses . . . OK, maybe they’re not roses?]

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[The Timaru “urban” area has a little less than 30,000 citizens – a lovely downtown.]

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[And apparently one of the few (only?) towns that decorates for Christmas – like this!  I guess they leave them up for a while.]

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[And a photo op oceanside park . . . ]

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[Hi, I’m having fun in Timaru!]

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[And there’s our boat, again.]

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[The park – at the end of our walking tour, we were going to come back here to walk along the beach back to the boat.  At the end, however, we had hiked about 7 miles (according to Anne’s super-duper pedometer) around the city and were too pooped to come back here.]

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[Hi, I’m still here!]

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[And here’s here.]

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[Well, I would have been dizzy going down the switchbacks anyway.]

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[Probably missed another nude beach . . . ]

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[OK, kids, where are we going next?]

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[We discovered it’s difficult to read maps in the wind.]

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[The Biddies seeks shade from the wind . . . OK, it was starting to warm up a bit.]

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[Also not a rose.]

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[And the Super chimed in with the next six photos from the piazza.  A sure sign that it’s windy is holding onto one’s hat.]

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[Hi, Mom!]

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[Reetz, ISO a photo op.]

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[OK, we’re getting close to decision time . . . ]

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[So long Bay Hill Piazza!]

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[See you later, Maasdam.]

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[Then we walked downtown to the library – everybody wanted to catch up on their social  media.  Since all my social media devices reside in our house in Alex, I decided to meander the immediate area.  Thought this an attractive church across the street from the library.]

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[And the Super’s shot.]

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[Thought this an attractive stout dispenser.]

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[And yet another nearby church.]

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[And the Super’s shot.  Apparently you could climb the tower for a view, but church was in service . . . and it looked like a lot of stairs!]

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[A major commercial street – with out boat visible in the distance.]

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[“Give Way” or “Yield”?  We’re conducting an very unscientific survey.]

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[The Seafarers’ Monument . . . ]

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[See, it says so on the sign.]

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[An obviously important building.]

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[Then we went on a long cross town hike to the Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden . . . ]

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[With The Biddies, ambling through the garden’s nature area.]

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[A really big tree]

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[You have to be a Camp Brosius denizen to appreciate this.  All the campers, for whatever reason, always visit the “Vinnies” in Plymouth, Wisconsin.]

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[Back to the boat, pooped from our long walk.]

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[Goodbye, Timaru!  The locals all came out to bid us adieu . . . or are they saying “Yankee go home”?]

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[Leaving port . . . ]

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[With the aid of our “tug” friends.]

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[The Southern Alps in the distance, the sea looks calm . . . ]

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[But there must have been some serious swells – the tug was bouncing around like a bobber.]

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[My guess – islands?]

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[Nobody in the pool . . . I think the water was bouncing around like a bobber too.]

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[Kinda looks like the south seas, eh?]

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[Now this is the life!]

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[Must be dinner or post-dinner time.]

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[More beautiful landscapes as we’re hugging the shoreline.]

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[As the sun begins to set . . . ]

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[Say goodnight, Ruthie!]

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