I drove over to Totaranui on Friday night and spent the weekend there with the Wall and the Bodger families. Well some parts of them. Emily was there and we went running on Saturday out to Mutton Cove. On Sunday I borrowed Pat’s single kayak and went kayaking back out to Mutton Cove. It was warm and blue. It really is paradise there.
Unfortunately it was our last day and although we would have preferred to spend much longer on the west coast we started making our way back towards Christchurch. We went for a short walk at a lake and then had some food in Hokitika at a park bench while the sea gulls squabbled over who should get first go at our bread. We drove into rain but by the time we got to Arthurs Pass it had cleared so we went for a short walk up into the bush on the Avalanche Peak track. We had been hoping to see keas but none were around. We stopped again at the Bealy Spur carpark and lay in the grass in a depression near the road for a while. Then it was back to Christchurch.
1) We went for a little walk up the Avalanche Peak track a wee way.
2) We headed back down and kept driving.
3) One more stop at the Bealy Spur car park.
I dropped Ari at the airport and she flew back to Barcelona. We had a hot chocolate and played the piano outside the airport before she left.
We walked out slowly from the hut in the sunshine and drove North. It got a bit grey which made the walk around Lake Matheson not so spectacular. In the evening we stopped at a dairy farm and stayed with a kiwi that had spent time with Ari’s family in Catalonia years ago.
1) It was a sunny start to the day at the hut.
2) We walked back out to the road and drove North.
3) Standing on the swing bridge.