Camp Day 3: There are some very tired bodies today, not much sleep but no grumbles. It was an early start as we had to vacate and clean our rooms before our morning activity. It was meant to be archery for me but I was on Abseiling duty again so I missed out on that but I hear it was jolly good. Apart from the bruises that I saw mind!
Before we went to our activity, Josh the instructor came to our camp area and the children did a haka for him. Which he enjoyed and then he proceeded to show the children how he made a unique whistle that he uses by using only a small section of straw. Looks simple but I think it will prove to be difficult.
Anyways off we went again to Bert and Ernie the beloved trees. All the kids did such a grand job of climbing the trees, applause all round! It was just sheer fun. General abseiling no major difficulties but plenty of camera shots that a few people won't be too keen on.
Our afternoon was to be another adventure in Akoroa, a little place just a little around from Wainui. We were going to be going on a boating vessel to explore the headlands and spot some wildlife! Bit of education rolled in there too. We arrived in Akoroa and had to find 5 historical things in the area, we trekked about over the town and were completely successful in our task. Much to the delight of our group who were all feeling a little tired by this point. We rested on a nice grassy area before our boarding of the boat was due.
The time came, we all had our passes at the ready and began to board. It was a lush boat, Catamaran style, bit like the Sea Cat in Fishguard but on a miniature scale to that. The sun was shining, and off we went. During the tour of the area with running commentary form the skipper a strange yet slightly funny thing occured. Another chap upon the vessel approached onself and uttered the following words 'Are you from Wales?'' Which was said in a very valley style accent. And who would of thought it but I was speaking to a fellow native of Wales from Swansea of all places. Funny who you meet a! Hilarious of all the boats in the place I was on the one with James the welshman! Hilarious! But well after some local knowledge fed to us the sightseeing became more exciting, dolphins emerged and began to jump about around the boat. There were shouts of glee from the children. This carried on thorughout most of the journey. However these dolphins are special as they are the smallest dolphins in the world! Bit of a fact for you there. We passed elephant rock, yes it is meant to look like an elephant! We saw some penguins too they were cute little guys. Then a large brownish lump was seen and it was a seal just chilling out in the water. Having a sunbathe i reckoned. We ventured out into the pacific ocean which is the largest in the world as another fact for you here: It can fit the entire landmss of the world into it and the continent of africa again. So that is a pretty vast ocean and we were in it. Swell was quite good plenty of movement at times, don't think some of the kids liked that though. But was lovely to be out at the bow just feeling the swell! Lovely!
Our trip ended after about 2hrs, which was a fair while I might add. It was then a case of Fish and Chips on the sea front before we all ventured back to the lovely land of Lyttleton for a jolly good and well deserved sleep. I still argue though that Welsh fish and chips are better! No beating them. The ride home in the car was a quiet affair as most children were nodding in and out of sleep mode! Lovely....
Will try and get some photos up over the next week, its sure to give you guys a giggle.