Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The end of the world - Part IV

When you get to the end of the world there's a lighthouse! 
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Also, there's a tree (arrow) which Maori (native kiwi) legend holds is your soul's exit from this earth, the Maori name for this point translates as 'leaping off place of spirits'.  You and I will call this place Cape Reinga.  If, at the end of the world, you look to the left, it looks like this...
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Not too shabby - it's Cape Maria van Diemen.  A better view of the lighthouse (that's Kim & Chloe at the bottom).
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Look!  LA is only 5,709 miles away!  A short swim, really.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Beautiful baby number 3, El Torro. 

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Tip of the World - Part III

Exploring the tip of the world we stumbled upon what may be my very favorite beach.  Karikari beach.  Of course it was beautiful, with emerald green water and powder white sand, but what put it in my 'favorites' category was the texture of the sand.  It was soft like talcum and brushed right off, like walking on a soft rug.
This is the beach from where we parked..

Chloe and Claire played with a beautiful shell they found.  I meant to bring it home with us as a memento of the trip but I forgot it.  I guess we'll have to go back and look for it.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

90-Mile Beach and the end of the world - Part II

Finally.  Here's our video.  Towards the end there's a very small peek of us exiting 90-mile beach by (the only exit) Te Paki Stream (which is more like a river in some parts).  There is still at least one more instalment of our 90-mile beach vacation.

The wild horses were an unexpected highlight!