Posts Tagged With: Whale

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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A Rat On The Island

Walking in the rainThe day started off at 4:30am…it was dark and still pouring outside.  So I did all that I could do – hauled all my crap in the middle of the night to the bus and found a seat as quickly as possible so I could go back to sleep.  Ahhh, sleep…how I’ve missed you!  Before I knew it, we were at the ferry terminal and needed to get a move on as we were running late.

In only an hour – I was on Stewart Island.  The rain hadn’t let up – it had just gotten worse.  So much for thinking that the weather was going to clear up so we could get the most out of being on the island.  The main reason I wanted to go to Stewart Island was to chill out at the beach and possibly kayak a little if I got bored with doing nothing much.  The rain made sure that wasn’t going to happen and so I quickly needed to whip out Plan B.  What the hell was Plan B!  After much forced consultation with the folks at the Red Shed, we decided it was best to rent a car and get out for short little walking bits (hardly any of the island has paved roads so there really was no choice in the matter).

The four of us with the Rat

Luckily, we got one of the last cars available and it was called the Rat.  It was tiny but as soon as we hit the little windy roads, it all made sense.  As it continued to pour down in buckets, our fearless driver navigated the Rat on tight roads and got us as close as possible to the desired destinations.  The rain never let up that day and now it eerily seems like the clouds bursting in the manner they were was just foreshadowing for the days to come.  But on that particular day on Stewart Island it meant nothing to us other than the weather gods were out to get us.  We may have been cold and miserable and possibly look like 4 people who decided to take a shower with their clothes on but thankful that we got our hands on the Rat and had a chance to explore the island as much as we could that day. 


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