DAY 99...Going, going...

The day it started well, on the water before 7am, out and over all of the smallish foaming waves.  I had a cockpit full of water which I emptied in no time thanks to my Venturi.  It was time to strap in and settle into another serious days paddling.  The southerly was back and it seemed stronger than predicted but I paddled on and slowly got to the four km mark.  Then a rain storm and the wind picked up some more, it was unpleasant and nasty enough to make me to question my reasons for being on the water today, the why's and what for's were in my head and I decided to be clever, (boxing clever it has been called) I turned back!  I surfed back to the beach I had come from.  None of the weather forecast's matched and nothing was agreeing so I canned my days paddling.  As I surfed into the beach I grumbled at myself.  It is laughable now as when on the water I did turn back towards my destination a couple of times as I thought to myself, "Ahhh it will be okay," but every time my answer was no!  I hit dry land and then frowned for the next two hours about the random strong southerly.

After a while we headed for a look down the coastline and it made me feel better looking at where I was to aim for and glad I had turned back, well sort of.  At midday I did talk about another attempt and then shut up.  I found things to do and kept busy for the day. I watched surfers enjoy the winds and chatted, went to a local cafe for lunch and did some repair work with Jase on Cuzzie.

Tomorrow the NE winds return and I will be on the water early before MN changes her mind.  It is not a bad place to have been stopped for a day, not bad at all, white sand beach, nice people and peaceful.  As I drove back from our city errands at 4.30 pm the sea has flattened, the wind is dropping and I get that doubting feeling back in my belly.  Maybe, just maybe I had made the wrong decision this morning.  Bugger, I am quietly gutted, the weather torture continues.

Low tide tonight was at 1745 so we went off to walk the sandspit out to the island and try for Paua, after being warned by Paula not to take to long or we would get trapped.  OMG it was fun, up to our waists in water, into sand islands then over rocks, scared by sea lions and waded in large rock pools waist deep.  We did find one Paua but it was undersized.

My smiles today;
Ten points to MN today, you won the battle, she tricked me, congrats.
Walking low tide to the Taieri island to go foraging for seafood.
Kawakawa tea has won, no coffee anymore.
The dramatic but also pretty coastline I am on, deserves me to stop for a moment.
The rockpool wading and the cool as sand walkway at low tide, it is a must do.

My thoughts today:
There is always going to be tomorrow, it is another day.

Red

Off Paua hunting

Off Paua hunting

Surveying the waves

Surveying the waves