.. and his sunglasses… and found both!
We decided to brave the cold water and go for a swim. It’s summer here (first day of autumn actually, March 2, but still summery enough) , so why is the ocean so cold? Well, because we are right in the Cook Straight, which is really deep with lots of currents, so quite cold. Also, we are on the tip of the North Island, so much closer to the south and therefore Antarctica then the northern part of the North Island is, where the weather and the ocean are both warmer (but that may bring dangers of it’s own, read about a recent deadly shark attack near Auckland here http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8359135/Family-mourn-shark-attack-victim)
I think the water temperature here is around 18C. Not freezing, but pretty cold. On the day we went for a swim, we borrowed Rebecca’s boogie board, but neigher of us knew what we were doing, also the waves were so big, you didn`t need a boogie board to ride them.
First, we walked around the gorgeous rock pools which are quite mesmerizing with their transparent water glimmering under the bright sun.
We went for a swim in a bay right by the Owhiro Bay visitor centre, which apparently doesn`t have a name. While Owhiro Bay is lovely, there are lots of seagulls there.
Splashing around was so much fun! But then.. A huge wave came in, swept Mike under, and he came up minus his sunglasses and with his shorts around his ankles. I was laughing so hard, I almost dropped the camera. Funnily enough, the sunglasses washed up a while later at the exact moment I was passing that bit of the shore and I was able to fish them out
Here is the video (no, I wouldn`t not be so cruel as to post a video of my husband losing his pants – just a quick interview with him)