Lands Down Under (Day 14)

January 24


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[Picton is at the northern tip of South Island; the following day we would be in the capital city of Wellington on the southern tip of North Island.  Picton is similar Timaru, but placed at the end of a long bay.]

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[I’d never heard of Picton before.  But then I’d never heard of Timaru before either.  It doesn’t make me a bad person (?).  I had heard of Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, and Nelson – I am a geography major, after all.  We even have friends who have relatives in Nelson, which is not that far from Picton.]

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[The Super took this approaching photo . . . ]

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[Then I took over the landing . . . ]

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[Looks like another picturesque destination!]

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[And looking back at whence we came . . . ]

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[Beautiful day, beautiful scenery!]

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[The Super took this shot – the transportation between North and South Islands.]

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[And we’re ashore . . . ]

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[Looks like a tropical island, n’est-ce pas?]

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[The Super took the next 4 shots, first looking back at the Maasdam . . . ]

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[As an older person, I really appreciate a well-marked restroom!]

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[G’day, mates, from a land down under!]

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[And back to me, what she was taking a photo of  . . ]

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[The Super’s, as we left the waterfront ascending into town.]

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[Then my same shot.]

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[Then obviously the Super’s, with downtown Picton in the background.  Yup, that’s the main drag.]

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[Now what waterfront is complete without a classic bar/restaurant?  The boys spent some time here while the girls shopped.]

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[Please read the sign all the way to the bottom.  Thank you.]

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[A quaint – yet perfect – harbor.]

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[We’re going for a stroll now . . . ]

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[The previous shot was from this foot bridge.]

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[The Super took 2 shots of the commencement of our soon to be identified hike.]

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[And here it is identified – note the listed time for this adventure.]

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[On our way, the Super took the next two . . . ]

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[And I this one.]

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[Then three more from the Super . . . ]

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[You will note this was not a casual beach walk . . . ]

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[We’re already rising in elevation.]

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[These next two are mine . . . ]

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[This was an obvious photo op setting, but I had to wait for two-way pedestrian traffic to subside to get this shot.  Smile, Ruthie!]

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[Onward . . . ]

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[The Super got these next two . . . ]

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[And I the latter.]

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[The complete and total history of Bob’s Bay Walk, all on a single plaque.]

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[And from where we are . . . ]

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[From where we were.]

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[We made it to the end of the 30-minute walk in about 45 minutes, as I recall.  Granted we paused for photos, but the hike involved some elevation changes.]

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[A STAR . . . fish]

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[In the Super’s shot, you will note it has an odd number of appendages . . . ]

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[Back to mine, with Anne exploring up the beach line.]

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[And we met a couple here.  He volunteered to take our group photo.  She, as part of the small world syndrome, was a marine biologist from the University of Miami and originally from Hastings, Minnesota.  Go figure.]

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[As we left, climbing back up the hill, a shot back down to the beach where a family so wanting to swim just went in with their clothes on.]

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[We climbed the mountain, through a dense rain forest, heading back to town.]

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[The views were probably worth it.]

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[A place to sit down, catch our breath, and have a drink.]

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[The Super took the next three.  Yeah, it was warm, but I find it easier to wear a windbreaker than to carry it.]

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[We appear to be approaching town.]

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[I confirm the Super’s picture.]

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[We’re all the way back to the foot bridge, crossing back into town . . .]

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[From which we noticed a rather large ray in the water.]

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[We survived the Bob’s Bay Walk!]

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[Ahhh, back to civilization.]

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[And now heading back down to the waterfront enroute back to the ship.]

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[Still looks like a resort destination.]

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[If it looks like a duck and swims like a duck . . . ]

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[These are called flowers.  They look and smell pretty.]

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I love it when the flight attendant says, “Your seat cushion becomes a flotation device.” Well why doesn’t the plane just become a boat?  ~ Steve Shaffer

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