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[travel|photos] New Zealand travelog recap - sunrise over the Pacific and Kaikoura dolphins - Lakeshore
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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-08-24 08:16
Subject: [travel|photos] New Zealand travelog recap - sunrise over the Pacific and Kaikoura dolphins
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In Kaikoura, NZ with this post. I woke up early that morning, and went across the street to stand on the beach and watch the sun rise over the southern Pacific Ocean.

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The view from our balcony

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And from the beach

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Mountains to the north

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The sun makes an appearance

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Pink clouds on the mountain

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Me!

Later that day, we took the boat from Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura, and went out on the water to swim with a wild pod of dusky dolphins. It was tough for me, as I discovered a tendency towards panic attacks when immersed in the deep ocean. [info]the_child struggled a bit, but bore up and kept swimming every chance she got. Some of the rest of our party were not so lucky. (Lisa Costello wisely remained at the hotel, as she does not get along well with small boats.) Even with all the challenges, the trip was very worth it. Even if it was a three-hour tour.

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Our boat

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Ed, one of our guides, though in his New Zealand accent there were way more /e/s in his name than I knew what to do with

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Me, suited up

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Dusky dolphins, about 200-300 of them

More at the Kaikoura Flickr set

Tomorrow: The drive from Kaikoura to Wellington, with baby seals and the Red Baron.




Photos © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr., B. Lake and Lisa Costello

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Nina
User: siberian_angel
Date: 2013-08-24 15:26 (UTC)
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Oh my, these are a true thing of beauty!!
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Keikaimalu
User: keikaimalu
Date: 2013-08-24 15:44 (UTC)
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How close did the dolphins get to you?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-08-24 15:55 (UTC)
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Wild dolphins in the open ocean. Swam right by me. Some of them brushed up against [info]the_child.
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Keikaimalu
User: keikaimalu
Date: 2013-08-24 16:45 (UTC)
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That sounds absolutely exhilarating, as long as they were gentle. It can be pretty nerveracking too, but what an experience! I'm glad you both got to do that.
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mmegaera
User: mmegaera
Date: 2013-08-24 16:39 (UTC)
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Wowowow.
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asakiyume: far horizon
User: asakiyume
Date: 2013-08-24 17:20 (UTC)
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Keyword:far horizon
You all are very bundled up--and of course it's Southern Hemisphere winter right now. Was it very cold?

(lovely skies, and lovely dolphins)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-08-24 18:29 (UTC)
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Chilly or cool, never really that cold. We were lucky. :)
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