Anyway, Dan and I immediately set out on multiple adventures for a week until another group of visitors arrived, then we all adventured together.
Here's one of the first days Dan was here. We toured the South Coast of NZ, including Gemstone Beach, Tuatapere, Orepuki, Colac Bay, and Riverton. Dan brought the only summery weather of the entire year with him, and it has since gone away abruptly. Good thing he visited or we really wouldn't have had a summer.
Taking a walk on Gemstone Beach. I may have been a bad host and interrupted his nap to inform him that this was, in fact, the nicest day in New Zealand since I'd arrived last September, so we should go outside and do something.
South Coast Sunshine
It looks warm, but that water is still ice cold.
I took some pics of the sand-art the tide left behind
Enough of that. back to beautiful beach pics:
You can see hills in the far distance. We climbed them a few days later - stay tuned for pics and stories from that ordeal...
We stopped by our mussel spot to scope out the goods since we had big plans on coming back with the next wave of visitors to gather up some mussels for dinner. The supply was ample.
This place would be good enough even if it didn't provide delicious free supper
Dan was reliving an old marine biology class, playing with all the shelled creatures.