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Running in Jandals – Worth It?

Diving Sperm Whale

Yet another day that started at the crack of dawn.  If anyone is wondering if I’m going insane as I keep subjecting myself to early starts – don’t worry, I’m starting to think the same thing myself.  That particular morning the alarm going off was like a bullet to the head but atleast I was getting up to do something fun for once.  I was booked on the 7:15am whale watching cruise and we had a leisurely 1o minute walk to the building where we had to meet for the cruise.   Well leisurely for normal people.  For me – it was another story.  Once I got to the building, I realized that I left my wallet behind and had just enough time to run back and grab it.  Running in jandals at 7am – FUN!     

Luckily I had a friend volunteer to cover my registration so it was more of a jog then the 100 meter dash but still didn’t make the


 morning any easier.  The whole way I was thinking that these whales better be worth it!  On average – each outing sees 2 whales but we were lucky enough to see 4 as well as a ton of dolphins (the dolphins are supposedly rare). In the end it turned out that it was great and as soon as we started following our first sperm whale – I had forgotten all about my forced workout in order to get onto the cruise.

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Rollercoaster Ride

Woke up to another tragically overcast day but as it was our last day in the Bay of Islands it only made sense to jump on another

Hole in the Rock from a distance

 boat to check things out.  We settled on a tour that took us through the hole in the rock while searching for dolphins.  What we didn’t factor into our decision was the weather and water conditions.

One of the dolphins

To make a long story short – the sea was very choppy with swells which would make for a really rough ride.  The best way to describe the ride was that it was like being on a rollercoaster on the water and it was best to hang on while getting soaked by the ocean (okay that was only for the handful of us that decided to sit outside but I happened to be one of them so…).  The most surprising part of the day was that despite the 3 meter swells in very choppy waters, a boat that wouldn’t stop rocking, and maybe being surrounded by tourists who couldn’t keep their breakfast down – we found dolphins flocking in the water all around our boat.  Since the seas were too rough to get out to the hole in the rock, I’m extremely glad this wasn’t a “where’s the dolphins?” moment (sorry, inside joke where the accent just can’t be translated into written word).  By the end of the trip – the rains had come and it clear that it was time to go home.

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