The hills between here and Kaikoura are covered with broom, and it is in bloom right now.
We got to see a train when we were along the coast. Not much time to take that kind of picture—that’s why you see the reflection on the window!
After church we went to the Kaikoura Peninsula—lots to see there!
Gayle turned over some rocks to find critters. Here were two starfish together—see the dark one?
The crab was hard to photograph, as it scuttled away quickly.
The sea was a gorgeous blue that day. The big plants are bull kelp; it grows in enormous beds all along our coastline.
After we left the Peninsula, we drove up the coast and stopped near the Oaro River. You can walk along the railroad tracks and enjoy a beautiful stretch of coastline. The big attraction for our boys is the wrecked train cars that were dumped along the sea at one point to prevent erosion! We ladies didn’t walk that far, though.
Our fourth boy, posing behind sweet peas with yellow lupines around.