I woke up at 5:45 a.m. today to go for a kayak. The guests at Raetihi Lodge usually eat breakfast at 8 a.m. and start their day around 9 a.m., so I wanted to have enough time on the sea before any of them would want to use the equipment. The rule is, staff can use the equipment as long as it doesn’t “disadvantage” guests. That seems fair.
It took some contemplation to get me out of bed to do this. On a day off, it’s always nice sleeping in, but an urge to go further than before got me up and out of bed.
Today, I had two goals:
One, was to see the Amokura up close and personal (the last time I saw it I stayed a good distance away because children were playing around it unattended, and I didn’t want to just stroll up and look like some kind of molester).
The second goal was to go further into the sound than I have before – in the direction of the Kenepuru head.
I achieved both of those goals!