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Henry and Sir Reginald the Seal


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Hello Again-

Tuesday March 14th-
Kayaking Doubtful Sound. Today we took a bus, then a ferry, and then a kayak into the Doubtful Sound- yep that's how remote it was! Since we had a guide through the whole area and were happy recipients of interesting facts, here's some touristic knowledge for you: Doubtful Sound and all the "sounds" in NZ are actually fjords (the difference being the latter are formed by glaciers and the latter from rivers. The early explorers misclassified them as sounds and instead of taking the trouble to rename them all on maps, signs, etc they just named the entire area Fjordland National Park. It seems like the Kiwis typically take the easy going way- like opening stores and businesses at 9am and closing at 4pm- must be a long work day! I guess Graham and I can't complain... :) Ok- back to the kayaking experience: It was beautiful, but would I say it was everything I was expecting... not quite. The best part for me was the animal interactions. A "teenage bird" as the guide called it landed on the front of Graham and I's kayak and stayed there for quite some time! We ended up having to paddle back to a little island to let it off only to have it attacked by a larger bird and come back to the front of our kayak! We ended up naming him Henry- see Mom, there's your bird named Henry. :) It was just crazy to have such a close encounter with a bird like that.

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A little while later we ran into a sunbathing seal and one of our fellow kayakers named him Sir Reginald. While Graham was busy taking photos of Sir Reginald the seal, Henry re-joined the party and hopped back on the kayak for a short ride--- we just couldn't lose him! All in all it was a great day. The "sound" was so peaceful and serene.

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Off to more driving, tramping, and photographing.

xo, Miya & Graham

Posted by mrmrsbode 16:01 Archived in New Zealand

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