How to get a beach all to yourself..........
07.02.2008 26 °C
AM: I'm sat writing this passage on a rock in Cathedral Cove, all on my own after the most beautiful sunrise. It's everything I imagined here and more, I just hope I've done it justice in my photos.
Funny thing now is, I'm stuck!! Since my arrival the tide has risen between the cave and Cathedral Cove itself rendering me trapped and I was lucky to get through when I did. The best bit is all the bemused tourists now in the cave pointing at me relaxing here and wondering how the hell I managed to get through!!
It's warming up an awful lot already (8am) so I hope I can soon make the retreat back to the car (assuming a funny tourist hasn't nicked my shoes from the other bay!). At least I'm drying out nicely.....!
PM: Well I made it back! Not until 10 mind you, it seems the tide times I got before were wrong.....cursed time difference confusions! It's been another real scorcher of a day and even with our strongest sun cream we are struggling not to burn. We're not even sat on the beach and it's catching us out.
Went on a VERY small RIB this afternoon around the bay and nature reserve. Quite a fresh breeze meant we certainly had a lively ride holding onto the rope provided “for when we get air born”!! The guide, Shane, was a nice chap though and told us loads about the local area and wildlife. Of particular note the Pohutakawa trees have massive tap roots that burrow through the cliffs down to fresh water level, an impressive feet considering the cliffs are some 250-300 feet high in places.
We've decided that the Pinnacles hut walk isn't going to happen. The heat is just too great and considering we have to carry all our own water it would be foolish in this weather. I'm a bit gutted but don't mind too much as I have some superb photos already, in fact it's been better than I could imagine. I could live here and become a pro landscape photographer no problem!
Hopefully an early start tomorrow for me to my famous “Coromandel Tree” lookout that I've seen photographed by Dave Notton. I have seen my own ideas though so hopefully I can do something different to his work. Oh and hopefully a horse ride too! Assuming we can get hold of the ranch........