Yesterday we were meant to be heading to an airshow. I'm stoked that with the weather, we decided not to. We have been in the past, and the planes are pretty much the same every year. However, the day was not wasted. We headed out to the South Wairarapa coastline.
We drove to Cape Palliser, where we climbed the 252 steps to the top of the lighthouse. Talk about steep! But the view was more than worth it.
Then we headed down to the beach, and collected some kelp for the garden. There is something so entrancing about watching the ocean.
Then we went to my favourite place in the area- the Fur Seal Colony. It is so cool that there are still places where we can pull up the car and just be with wild animals in their environment. The seals kind of just take us in their stride. They certainly move when you get to close, and they bark if you push your luck, but they are peaceful and wonderful to watch. They seem to show off for the camera.
Then it was time for dinner, and the Lake Ferry Hotel it is. Not hot on class or sophistication, what they have is fresh produce served, cooked well, and a laid back atmosphere. I'm hooked.
Tragically, I don't go to the coast as often as I would like. I often head to Lake Wairarapa to read or write, or into the Tararua Ranges, but the coast gets left off. I think maybe it is to keep the experience special, as something to share and enjoy. Either way, I love the coast.
(Circa January 2010)