Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

[travel|photos] New Zealand travelog recap - sunrise over the Pacific and Kaikoura dolphins

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.

The view from our balcony

And from the beach



Mountains to the north


The sun makes an appearance

Pink clouds on the mountain


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.

Our boat

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

Me, suited up


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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