|How could something so cute be endangered?|
|Early morning fog lifts at Wairahi Bay|
Unfortunately we found out that was likely because it gets a little rolly at night. I felt like I was back in the La Cruz area with all the rocking and rolling we did! In the morning we both looked at each other and said enough of that! So off we went, motoring the short distance to Wairahi Bay where we suspected our friends on Mazu were anchored. We were happy to find not only them, but our friends on Exit Strategy too and happy hour was quickly organized for that evening. Thanks to Mazu for hosting - it was great to catch up with both boats since we hadn’t seen them since Tonga.
Unfortunately the next day I came down with a minor cold, so Brett had to go hiking without me. While I was definitely sorry to miss his trip up the Wairahi River (which sounded pretty great) I will admit to enjoying a lazy day of reading and napping all by myself. Thankfully I was fully recovered in just a few days and was soon investigating the area on my inflatable paddleboard. Even though the water was pretty murky I spotted three different manta rays within about 20 minutes. Cool!
|Hiking up the Wairahi River|
|Who knew this little guy could be so loud!|
|How cute is this Brown Teal Duck???|
We ended up meeting a fascinating local – a Brown Teal Duck (Pateke), which is actually endangered. This little guy was so cute we were immediately taken in by him. They are amazingly friendly – especially when you…..ummmm….feed them. Our little buddy popped by to see us every day and he definitely had our number. This was clearly not his first rodeo and he was highly skilled at working the anchorage. But damn he was adorable!
|The amazing Kaiaraara Dam|
|Brett crossing a huge suspension|
bridge while hiking up to the dam.
Unfortunately the 15-20 knots of wind showing for our trip across ended up being more like 25-35 with extremely lumpy seas (imagine being inside a washing machine and you’ll know what it was like). Since it was only an 8 hour trip I had decided I would be fine without seasickness pills. BIG MISTAKE! I was fine for the first couple of hours, but suffice it to say the next five hours were pure misery. I have NEVER been that seasick in my life!
|Feeling GREAT while hiking!|
I don't like being completely useless as a first mate and Brett hated watching me feeling so miserable. Suffice it to say that I've learned my lesson about assuming I’ll be fine just because it’s a "short" trip. From now on I WILL take the drugs, no matter how short the trip – thank you very much! But the thing that really gets me fuming? I’ve been getting worse instead of better! WTF??? But it’s true! I never used to get sea sick and have done countless trips with no problems. And yet the longer I’ve been out cruising the more issues I’ve had – even in conditions I used to scoff at! How bizarre (and frustrating!) is that?
|This is how they build some bridges, |
one piece at a time. Impressive!
Regardless of how it ended, we LOVED cruising Great Barrier Island and only wished we had more time to spend there exploring all the nooks and crannies it had to offer. Maybe some day we’ll be back to do just that.