The end of the week is here. As Sunday evening winds down for Robin and i, reflection time is upon us.
And what a week it was. Sleep patterns alittle messed up, however if that was all then a mint week.
Started with the epic padle across Cook Straight. And all the adventures associated with that a well documented on previous posts. Hoped you enjoyed them. Then if things could get any better. On Friday as we (myself & 2 fellow guides)were returning from a day of hiking with a group of 26 on the water taxi. We get on the boat for the 1hour boat trip back to be told be Fred the boat captain that there is a pod of Orca whales out in the main channel of Marlborough Sounds… REALLY, ARE YOU SERIOUS. One thing i have learned in this job is to ALWAYS take my camera with me. I may go days even a week in between photos, but always have it nearby. And this day was no different.
We did see Orca, a pod of about 5-6, one of which was a huge bull. With a massive dorsal fin. We followed them for about 15mins before heading home. Incredible, is all i can say. Massive Massive animals making their way down the sounds. That said when they come into the Sounds to feed, which isn’t often either. All the dolphin disappear and we begin to see large amounts of seals lying on beaches. Both mammals that serve as finger food for Orca.
Spent yesterday sea kayaking with the same group. Then today mountain biking. Which didnt end so well for me. I was racing ahead after being with the stragglers at the back to catch the speedy ones at the front when i took a spill. Perhaps the best non race spill i have ever taken. I didnt bump my head, thank goodness, and yes i always wear a helmet. But do remember flying through the air parallel to the ground about 3ft up, but not to hit the trail hard, but fly off the trail and land down a steep bank with my bike to come flyng over my head and land right next to me, thankfully missing me. Whew!!! That was close. Bruised hip, grazed elbows and shoulder spilt seconds later climb back up the trail to pull myself together and carry on.
This week i get to work with a school group for 2 days doing outdoor and environmental education. Then on wednesday Robin & i are going paddling for the day to go and explore a small island and some caves that you can paddle into. Up to now when Robin and i have paddled we have taken a double sea kayak. This week i think we are going to venture out in 2X single boats. Should be fun.