We are having a blast down here. Hiking every day. But today topped it all. We're anchored in "Peacehaven", the name is program. As of 10.30am a gorgeous day with no cloud. Marcus made breakfast for me, I baked bread and my birthday cake: cheesecake with marzipan and kiwi inside. Soooo good. Yesterday evening and this morning seals came by and played around the boat for very long. I even got a movie ready. Then today, as we're paddling to the starting point of our little hike to the beach on the other side the seal Charlotte (I called her that name) came and played with us really close, pushed the Dinghy (!), pushed on Marcus' backpack (!!) and played around us. It's all on video. Soo incredibly cute! And then we reached the other side and came to this super beautiful white sand beach, I could not believe my eyes. There were supposed to be yellow eyed penguins there, we saw one in the afternoon. We came back later for sunset but none came back. Instead, a seal came out of the water and we got to witness its procedure between coming out of the water, turning in the sand, until it finally found a place to sleep somewhere in the sand dunes.It took forever to get there because it frequently collapsed for a rest. Haha. Another seal was resting on the path between the two sides thus blocking it and we had to detour. What a beautiful day. A birthday to remember. Always. Grateful.
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I spoke to you Michaela(?) on Monday down on the pontoon at the yacht club (man with son!). Looked up your blog; enjoying very much in coffee breaks at work, thank you. Thought you might like this screen dump I grabbed last night while the children and I were watching the Conservation Department's live Albatross webcam. You guys weighed anchor off Aramoana beach and sailed across the reflected setting sun behind the mother bird, it looked magnificent and I felt a pang of envy! Have fun. Andy