|Hans' friend Manfred|
We interrupted the 1 hour car ride for a breather stop in Madeira Park/Pender Harbour
|Not posing this time|
While everyone else went shopping or to the loo, I went to visit plant, bee, and butterfly land:
Not sure whether the following is actually a butterfly or some kind of moth ...
About 20 kms behind Pender Harbour, we finally got to Egmont and the parking lot for the hiking trail to the narrows
|Yes, it actually was open when we passed it but we had enough food with us ...|
We feel a little like Frodo leaving The Shire for the very first time and hoping that Gandalf will look out for us. These forests are scary looking !!!
Who knows what beasts await us behind all these trees !!
Is all that wood below water normal? Is that why it is called brown?
And as if the trees were not strange enough: these appear to be mushrooms !!!
... and after we already heard a strange rushing sound while walking through the forest, we finally see it ....
Crazy kayakers riding the rapids
The water rushes from the left to the right and is shaped into the mountains by underwater rock features. Somewhere on that hill of water is a sweet spot, where the average of rushing water, gravity and a minimum of paddling will keep you racing over the moving water with minimum effort while your kayak actually stays in the same spot.
These guys keep doing that over and over and over again ....
... until high tide approaches and more and more white caps and air are mixed into the water, turning it GREEN.
After watching this spectacle for about half an hour we start heading back to the car. The ~1 hour hike is more uphill on the way back and when we're close to the car, my legs keep telling me how old I am !!! The 28 degree Celsius weather doesn't help either.
A short drive from the parking lot is downtown Egmont. Every second house is for sale and so is the General Store and Marina.
One more overexposed bear added to the collection.
Asking someone in a boat, I learn that the Pub is about 1 km down the waterline. And this might be the reason why the centre of Egmont is a bit deserted. The pub is booming and so is the marina associated with it. The pub's outside terrace sticks over the water at the very right.
The view is also slightly better than in central Egmont.
When I'm waiting for my Clams, Mussels, Chorizo in Curry sauce (EXCELLENT BTW!) on the pub's deck, everyone is amazed by the numbers of hummingbirds viciously fighting over spots at the feeders: