Local Heart, Global Soul

September 6, 2012

From Tempest to Calm…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In this part of my retrospective travel diary we have boarded the Inter-Island Ferry and are heading out of Wellington Harbour bound for Picton at the top of the South Island.

Himself and the kids leave me with the bags and go check off a few necessary things: a  tour of the conveniences, a look-see out on deck at Wellington Harbour which in squally weather meant they were ready for some hot food once they came back inside.

Once they were settled with food and the kids were being entertained by a magician  doing a show close to where we were sitting, I took the opportunity to venture cautiously outside.

I stayed within a few steps from the door and was only outside for a short while because by now we were approaching the open sea of Cook Straight and in this  inclement weather I knew it was going to be a rough crossing. Kiwi Daughter and I both had our wrist bands on against motion sickness and if I had had any doubts to the benefits of these they were dispelled now. I’m a rotten sailor and have been every possible shade of green known to humankind on boats both large and small over the years and yes the crossing of Cook Straight on this occasion was no picnic.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I will be honest and say that Kiwi Daughter I didn’t enjoy the open sea part of the crossing,  all but the hardiest of passengers retreated to the upper deck lounge areas and as the ship rolled steeply from side to side in the big swells in the middle of the Straight and we did feel very queasy,  but while kids  and adults around us were using sick bags and in tears, we pressed very hard on our wrist bands and actually managed not to join them.

In the circumstances this can be regarded as a minor miracle and even Kiwi Daughter was delighted that she hadn’t parted with breakfast. (I’d looked at the weather and based on past experiences had deemed it wiser to skip breakfast altogether).

Once we entered the shelter of Marlborough Sounds however, two things happened… first we ran completely out of the rain and wind of the storm and second, the sea was suddenly wonderfully calm … for which I’m sure all but t few  passengers were very grateful.  I ventured back outside and from a little spot on the railing just two steps from the door, enjoyed the fresh sea air and took photos all the way as the ship makes it’s way down the Sounds. There are no photos of the open sea section but here’s a look at some of the journey….

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

So much calmer as we enter the heads of the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

As we wind our way into the shelter of the Sounds, I look back and see the stormy weather behind us in Cook Straight…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Up until now it’s been raining but not only does it ease off considerably at first, we even run out of it and into sunny skies…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Unusual tree-line on the hills…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Glad we are sailing away from the storm and not into it…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

This little dome of an island is a well known landmark…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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