Bright and early on Friday morning the group of 19 of us took a ferry across the Cook Straight to Picton, which took about 3 and a half hours. Once there, we took vans to part of the Charlotte Track, and then we were off! We walked for about three hours to Mistletoe Bay, which is an area with cabins and a campsite where we were staying. On the way, I got a look at some of the breathtaking views of the sound!
Saturday we ventured into the world of sea kayaking! Unfortunately, I don't have many pictures because I wasn't willing to risk bringing my camera onto the water with me, even with the waterproof camera bags. Being out on the water for a few hours surrounded by mountains on all sides and clear blue-green water was so wonderful, even if my arms were significantly sore the next day from all of the paddling! Kayaking to a otherwise inaccessible beach to have lunch and lay in the sun with friends epitomized enjoying what nature has to offer.
After paddling back to where we were staying, a small group of us decided to forgo napping before dinner and instead go on a hike to watch the sunset above the mountains. Although a nap might have been nice, the view when we got to the top of our hike was definitely worth the extra effort.
|The group resting for lunch|