By Jade Johnston
Yes thats right. It’s a seal. And no, I’m not using my silly zoom capacity (that much).
There are seals here,
And you can go right up to them.
Well you shouldn’t go closer than 10 meters.
But that didn’t stop most people.
We left Blenheim early in the morning, trudged out to the edge of town and started hitch hiking. We waited. and waited. and waited. and waited…..
No one picked us up.
Until someone did.
Isn’t it always that way?
We were picked up by Richie, who is from Christchurch and had fled with his family up to Blenheim the day before after the earthquake. He was now on his way back down again to take clean drinking water to people and to try to clear some things out of their house.
The drive was incredibly scenic, and we passed a really large seal colony on the way.
He dropped us to the centre of Kaikoura, and from there we headed to the Kaikoura motel which has tent sites and basic kitchen facilities. After getting set up, we set out to do the Kaikoura peninsula walkway.
It is supposed to take two hours.
It took us five.
Mostly because we got distracted by some seals, and because James and I entertain each other so much that we go from being two normally fast hikers, to the very slowest of dawdlers.
Also we had wine distracting us.